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Garry Kasparov Painfully Humiliated, Heading to Jail?

Stanislav Pavlovič | August 26, 2012 – 12:54One Comment | 2,687 views
Garry Kasparov Painfully Humiliated, Heading to Jail?

Garry Kasparov has been pursuing political causes since the end of his successful chess career in 2005. Due to his affiliation and support to the Russian opposition, he will hardly avoid a lawsuit.

Former world champion and FIDE’s historical no. 1 decided to show his support to feminist movement Pussy Riot on a demonstration on 17th August. For his attendance at this illegal gathering, he faces a fee of 300 000 rubles (about 7200 eur).

However, more serious charges are pressed against  the former russian grandmaster. Garry Kasparov allegedly bit a policeman. This could not only easily damage his political image, but can bring up to 5 years in prison. The famed chess player and one of the leaders of the Russian opposition proposed, with a typical humour, to compare his bite to a dog’s. The police has taken up the ironic idea and now intends to run an expertise, furtherly humiliating the grandmaster.

Garrz Kasparov plans to appeal against the accusation and in return, is suing the policeman for false allegation.

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  • Mr_Toad says:

    Well, this at least provides another slant on the two incidents.

    The Court has now acquitted him of taking part in an “illegal gathering”. It appeared to accept that he was giving an interview at the time of his arrest.

    A comparison of his bite and a dog bite sounds surreal but maybe there is some logic to it. I doubt that anyone, certainly GK himself, thought it was amusing in any sense.

    Nor do I think that he would agree that he had been “humiliated”. For example, a statement made alongside a YouTube video of his statement after acquittal is as follows:

    “This is perhaps the first time in Putin’s Russia for a court not to accept police statements at face value. Police statements were demonstrated to be false by a huge amount of witness testimony and video evidence. “This is perhaps the first time in Putin’s Russia for a court not to accept police statements at face value. Police statements were demonstrated to be false by a huge amount of witness testimony and video evidence.”

    I have a post about this at my blog, “Celebrate Chess”.

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