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Kasparov Not Guilty Of Illegal Protest

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/24/12, 2:03 PM.

A week ago the former world chess champion Garry Kasparov was arrested at a protest outside a Moscow courtroom where three members of the feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two-year jail terms for "hooliganism".

Kasparov was today acquitted of an "illegal protest" after the judge allowed photographic and video evidence to be used in his defence.  The charge of assaulting a police officer by biting him has yet to be heard.

Garry Kasparov's reaction after his acquittal (translation below from The Other Russia):

"I have a strange sensation, it’s hard to even find words for it, because my lawyers, friends and I didn’t expect anything besides another typical guilty verdict, and when, over the course of so many years, all opposition activists have been inevitably convicted in courts like this, it’s hard to imagine that the day would come when the courts could provide us with legitimate consideration. Actually, today was very unusual, because from the very beginning, as opposed to many other previous similar cases, the judge agreed to allow motions by the defense. Moreover, all of the defense’s motions were accepted, including those that called witnesses to the stand and those that entered video and photographic material as evidence. Of course, this was a very, let’s say, unusual sign, but we didn’t understand that it would influence the final verdict so much.

I would like to express my particular gratitude to the journalists who managed to collect so many materials, especially photo and video ones, which were used in the case today and which absolutely had an influence both on the judge and, perhaps, on the people who have influence on the judge. All the same, it was just too obvious. I’d like to thank the journalists who came and appeared as witnesses here today, because it was clear that these people, who were completely different and of completely different nationalities, all said the exact same thing. It seems to me that this left an impression, and it also became obvious that, as opposed to many similar situations, there was no actual case of any sort of event occurring. And the extremely confused testimonies of the two police officers who detained me, which contradicted each other, they of course convinced the judge that their version of events held no credibility.

The result was a full acquittal, and this is a very important step forward. I don’t intend to stop here; I want to have charges brought against the officers who illegally detained me. We’ve already filed the necessary paperwork with the investigative branch for the Khamovniki region. And I hope that this verdict will give us additional evidence so that that my detention and beating will be given due consideration by investigators.

As far as the next case is concerned, the one by Officer Ratnikov about this absurd attack – again, I hope that this today’s session will allow us to draw upon video and photo materials. We have very unique materials, basically an entire archive that allows us to give practically a second-by-second account of everything that happened outside of the Khamovnichesky Court. Again, my thanks to the journalists who managed to film all of this, to dig it all up from their electronic devices and even now continue to come forward with different photos and video clips. And I hope that the investigators will act just as objectively as this judge did today, and that I’ll be so lucky as to have Officer Ratnikov be convicted of libel.

It’s hard for me to say what sort of consequences today’s verdict is going to have for the Russian opposition on the whole. I even feel slightly guilty, because until now all of these verdicts have been guilty ones, and so many of my friends are still experiencing this pressure. We know that the widespread investigation of the May 6th events on Bolotnaya Square is still ongoing. But nevertheless, this is a very important step forward, and I’m going to do everything in my power to help those who need defense in these matters, because not everyone is so lucky to have their detentions and the police violence they experienced be covered so fully by the press".

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Footage of Kasparov's arrest a week ago:

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  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    Ok, these comments don't seem to be able to stay on topic, or be civil, so anything further will be deleted.  Apologies if your recent comments have been removed, but I don't have time to read through them all so I've deleted the last few.  Thanks to all those who gave their views without attacking others.

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    This news article is proving very popular, but I think the discussion is straying away from the original article about Garry Kasparov.  Also, please be sure to refrain from personal attacks on other members.  Many thanks.

  • 2 years ago

    netzach

    No legal-system is perfect or without flaws or inconsistencies.

    Critiscism of other country's laws whilst permitting bending of your own to suit political or economic interests is unwise.

    US law applies to the US & is unlikely to be adopted worldwide.

  • 2 years ago

    gestor

    Yamatake,

     

    The States produced and conducted dozens of wars in the world recently, so somebody has to replace American soldiers engaged in deserts and jungles all over the world. Man like Sergey Brin is the best example of how much native Americans with all their wealth, education and protections are competitive in comparation to naked and barefoot people who  immigrate to The States. Thank you for this example!

  • 2 years ago

    gestor

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  • 2 years ago

    gestor

    ClavierCavalier,

    you are not informed about scandalous court,s decisions in your own country, but you find yourself sufficiently informed and knowledgeable to discuss court,s decisions from the other continent with a different law system ? Lucky you, your supporters and your readers ! 

  • 2 years ago

    gestor

    BMCc333,

    I am really sorry for the whole world not to just copy American justice system. Maybe we are all wrong not to trust American Court that people can live more than 150 years or that people can resurrect a few times so that a few death penalties are needed.

    Just for your  law education: There is a difference between witness and expert-witness. Witness doesn,t have to have any knowledge of anything, like you for example. Expert-witness in common law system must have some specialized knowledge and must have license to be an expert-witness in legal proceedings. Russia has common law system, (and I apologize again not to have the same American justice system in Russia) , and the opposition leader and the respectable novelist, both denied witnessing, are not licensed expert-witnesses. Well, if you don,t understand this, my shoemaker will give up. 

  • 2 years ago

    yamatake

    Dear Mr. Putin,

    The USA has produced countless world class companies in the past few decades while Russia/USSR has produced none.  It is important that you continue to repress your citizenry so the best, brightest, and most beautiful (love the women!) with heavy hearts leave their homeland and families and come to the USA (thx Sergey Brin's father for making this difficult choice).

    Thank you Mr. Putin for following in the path of other repressive kleptocrats.  We need you to continue to assist our path to world class dominance in business and general world affairs.

    Best Regards,

    USA

  • 2 years ago

    NM BMcC333

    CC, the standard of proof in a civil suit is less than a criminal trial, although the not guilty verdict could only have happened in california. OJ is doing life in prison anyway, so Karma has had its say.

  • 2 years ago

    NM BMcC333

    An expert witness is not a witness?? Again you expose why the American system is so much better than Russia's when you say they have to be on a list of approved witnesses. THERE IS NO APPROVED LIST in the USA. The defense calls ANYONE it wants to and calls them anything they want, expert, eyewitness, character witness etc etc. It is up to the jury to decide how valid is the testmony, not the other side or the judge, who is on the government payroll. I don't have to be an expert in law or language to know more  than a putinist. A 10 yr old child knows more than you and your shoemaker. It is my country. If you didn't live under such a ridiculous system you could see with an objective eye.

  • 2 years ago

    ClavierCavalier

    The OJ Simpson thing was BS.  The man was declared not guilty but then he gets fined for it later?  What?

  • 2 years ago

    gestor

    BMcC333,

     

    You are helpless, you can not make difference even between witness and expert­­-witness. But O.K., you can not be an expert in language and an expert in law at the same time. My shoemaker will have hard job explaining you basic law notions. You called The leader of opposition and respected novelist as witnesses, and now you change your story and call them expert-witnesses ? First of all, in common law system, if you have ever heard of it, expert-witness must be on the official list of expert-witnesses and the two of these are not. Maybe that is not the same in The states ? O.K. and what kind of experts they are ? Are they experts on religion ? No. Are they experts on punk – mock performance ? I doubt it. Oh excuse me, maybe they are experts on language ? In that case, I must admit you are right, because if you are expert on language, you are expert on everything.

  • 2 years ago

    NM BMcC333

    Haha, look at all the putinists trying to prove things by the exceptions that they heard about from the main stream media!

    I got my evidence starting at Gary's facebook page, then the organization he helps run, then by looking at very clear photographic evidence from many many sources. This appears in contrast to these people who are spouting the party line of a dictator. I will trust my eyes over the ministry of propaganda. Gitmo may not be ideal but at least we have not executed them as is the Soviet/putin tradition. Bush never killed anyone in the press who disagreed with him, can putin say the same??? One of the basic fundamentals of our judicial system is that some will get off so that the innocent will not be found guilty. This is in contrast to a system where the government restricts witensses and routinely reaches the guilty verdict. There have been many police in our country to go to jail for breaking the law, can Russia say the same?? Name 1 for us. What will happen to the proven liar who tried to frame Garik with his phony bite mark?? No system is perfect, but putinism is a laughing stock around the world and no amout of insulting blog posts will change that.

    Yes, expert witnesses are called all the time in this country who have absolutely no direct knowlege of the case in question.

    You do not have to be experts at a language to express your opinion, but it helps to know the basics if you want to get your point across and you should not try to lecture experts when your level is clearly beginner.

    Putin was just elected by a free and fair election??? Who are you trying to fool? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/world/europe/observers-detail-flaws-in-russian-election.html?pagewanted=all  Also Kasaprov was denied his chance to run on a ridiculous technicality enforced by threats and collusion.

  • 2 years ago

    gestor

    Jebcc,

     

    You got the point; BMcC333 only repeats main stream media head lines, which reminds me on my pat parrot.

  • 2 years ago

    gestor

    64idiot,

    ...not to mention sentences of 300 and more years in prison...But who knows, maybe there are people in The states that live 300 years thanks to their genetically modified food…

    Or the well known O.J. Simpson case; the man was acquitted for murdering the wife, but bound to pay millions to her family …

    Nice examples, which all countries in the world should follow...

  • 2 years ago

    Jebcc

    Great post 64idiot  you nailed it on all points.  Another point to remember here is Gary Kasparov was acquited!  If you want to see american justice look at one of todays top articles a woman beaten to death by LAPD also not this happened days ago yet the investigation is ongoing with no arrests...... BMcC333, like many Americans, lives in a fantasy world where everything the American corporate media tells them is gospel.  It is unfortunate but meanwhile our country incarcerates more people than any other country on earth and we are currently involved in two wars and our insane politicians are actually considering 2 more. 

  • 2 years ago

    64idi0t

    [quote]I know lying about events is a popular thing in putinism, but it will not work here at chess.com.[/quote]

     

    I know lying about events is a popular thing in patzerism, but will not work among intelligent people with articulate opinions.

     

    BTW, knowing a particular foreign language is not a prerequisite of stating an opinion in civilized world.

     

    Finally, citizens of a country where stealing a slice of pizza can get one a life sentence, as well as the country where is legal to detain one indefinitely without a trial (e.g. Guantanamo) are the last to give lessons about fair trial, both at chessdotcom or elsewhere.

  • 2 years ago

    gestor

    I am sorry for your not understanding that witness who did not witness anything cannot be witness in front of the Court. Would American judge allow a leader of American opposition or some respected novelist to be witness of something he didn,t see ? If you are still confused on this, I can connect you with my shoemaker to explain it for you in details, because I do not have time for that any more.

    Whether Kasparov under mask of civil rights activist was talking with his back or with his face, which is the same thing in his case, to the Court, not building as you wrote, it doesn,t really matter. Only what matters was his intention and his menace to enter the courtroom and make another mock performance.

    Putin will go when he lose at free and democratic elections, that is, in the same way he took the office, not the way that fled multimillionaire criminals and their puppets plot. 

  • 2 years ago

    NM BMcC333

    Once again the lack of English prevents you from making sense besides your obvious bias to putin. Court is there to settle disputes. Apple has the opinion samsung is stealing their idead, samsung has the opinion apple is trying to be a monopoly. Courts will decide. The point is that once both sides have the chance to present whatever evidence and witness testimony  we will see a decision. One side does not get to ban witnesses, the judge does not get to ban witnesses. Anything less is a kangaroo court, look up the meaning.

    In the streets is an american expression. You clearly can not understand these. Kasparov was arrested on film and was not trying to enter anything, he was talking with his back to the building. I know lying about events is a popular thing in putinism, but it will not work here at chess.com.

    In this country we had homosexuals steal the communion and throw it on the floor. This is 1000 times more disgusting than speaking out of turn. They were not charged with any violent crimes, again you seem to have no clue what this word means.

    Russia obviously needs another revolution and the vast majority of the world supports Kasparov and the opposition. I hope it is a non-violent revolution but evil dictators rarely go without a fight.

  • 2 years ago

    gestor

    McC333,

     

     

     

    You wrote: “…that PEOPLE are not, as a rule, banned by American law from testifying although some parts of what they say may be deemed off topic, hear-say etc. Russia just bans people.” What people? Leader of opposition, respected novelist…? What they can witness about the hate performance which they did not attend? I doubt that even an American judge would allow them to “witness” knowing that they did not attend the hate performance. The courtroom is not the place for debating different opinions, but for establishing the facts. You just use empty phrases, taken mostly from newspaper’s headlines without concrete examples for your statements.

     

    You wrote; “This country also has some hate crimes, but they have to involve (serious) violence to merit jail time.” Entering the God’s house under masks of believers and than performing mock prayer at the altar in front of the icon of The Holly mother of Christ in the biggest church in Moscow is not serious violence for you, but it is for millions of Russian believers.

     

    You wrote:” people were arrested IN THE STREETS, after attempting to obtain all the needed paperwork, for trying to voice their opinion in a peaceful way.” This is exactly what I am writing about. You use phrases taken from newspapers, not “filtering” them. What streets? It was only one street, the street where was situated The court. Kasparov was arrested just in front of the court because he menaced to enter the courtroom gathering a few people with the same intention. Luckily, he could not mask himself like the girls did and the police could not allow one more scandal of making mock performance in another institution. People in Russia have opposition’s: TV and radio networks, newspapers, their representatives in parliament, all the civil rights…., so your statement that they can not voice their opinion in a peaceful way is false. If Putin had not cancelled the mob’s deal between Yeltzyn and greedy individuals, later fled to England, you would sing another tune. One of those criminals said for the press recently that he is plotting another revolution in Russia. Maybe you should read that article too, not only articles which are in accordance with your wrong believe.    

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