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Kasparov Granted Croatian Citizenship

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 3/1/14, 12:42 AM.

This week Garry Kasparov was granted citizenship by the Republic of Croatia. The former world champion turned human rights activist is running for FIDE President, and wrote on his website that he did not want to “depend on Putin's Foreign Ministry” anymore while campaigning. The news was posted on the Russian version of Kasparov's personal website, and also reported by The Guardian.

“The bodies of the Republic of Croatia handed me a passport of their state. I am grateful to the government of Croatia for their invaluable help in such an important and crucial moment for me: the campaign for the FIDE presidency entered its active phase, during which I will visit yet some thirty countries - in these circumstances, it would be prohibitively expensive to depend on Putin's Foreign Ministry. I should be able at any time to cancel my Russian passport,”

wrote Kasparov (50) on his website on Friday. Even though he is not travelling to his home country for the time being, he is not intending to renounce his Russian citizenship. With his Croatian passport Kasparov expects to be able to travel more freely.

Although he prefers to be called human rights activist, Kasparov has played an active role in the opposition to Putin's government. He was among several protesters who were arrested in August 2012, while standing outside the court in Moscow where members of the protest band Pussy Riot were being sentenced. In November 2007 he spent five days in jail for protesting on behalf of The Other Russia, an umbrella coalition that gathered opponents of Putin.

Kasparov has had strong ties with Croatia for a long time. In 1992, during the Yugoslav war, he participated in the creation of a refugee fund of the city of Vukovar. A year later he was made an honorary citizen of the city, and two years later he was awarded the state award of Croatia. 

Besides, Kasparov has a summer residence in the southern Croatian town of Makarska and he speaks the language. In January he met with the Croatian president, Ivo Josipović, who praised him for providing “great moral support to Croatia” during the country's war of independence.

According to The Guardian, earlier Kasparov had applied for Latvian citizenship, but the Latvian government announced in November it would not grant him citizenship owing to "procedural issues".

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  • 10 months ago

    GM Malev212

    Kasparov was not bombing Belgrade, but he was happy with it. It was good public attitude then, because he benefited from it now. Genius! Fischer had some passport problem as well, they were both great chess players. I hope that Kasparov is not buried far away from his home like Fischer.

  • 10 months ago

    Narkoman_Lutalica

    Serbs show solidarity with the Russians,that's OK ,it would be nice for Croatia to have such powerful ally as well. I guess we'll just have to settle with Garry after all.

  • 10 months ago

    Marignon

    About Kasparov:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Kasparov section Politics

    About Karpov. Sorry, it was my mistake. I wrongly remembered Karpov's interview, which I've now rechecked.

    Karpov said that he became a Party member in 1979, at the age of 28, already twice world champion and not because he applied, but because he was asked to.

    While Kasparov joined the Party at the age of 18, purely opportunistically.

    Anyway, in no case and never Kasparov was a dissident, a human right activist or anything he tries to pose now.

    He had a huge negative impact on the liberal movement in Russia at least twice:

    First in 1991 when he was the Russian Democratic Party's leader and sabotaged the party's work. 

    Later in 2005-2008 when he failed to unite the opposition due to his ZERO diplomatic and organizational abilities.

    All he achieved well was selling himself to Western media.

    He will be an absolutely awful FIDE president.

     

    "I don't understand why some people feel so threatened by this article and see it as smearing Russia. It simply mentions that the probably greatest chess player ever has been granted Croatian citizenship.

    I repeat that I agree with this. The article  is neutral.

    "Their political differences were also clear. Mr. Kasparov has resigned from the Communist Party and has announced that he will play under the flag of his homeland, the Russian republic, and not the Soviet flag, which he has said ''represents oppression and tyranny.''


    It was as late as 1990, Perestroyka and Yeltsin rising to power. Kasparov did not take any risks, he just did anything to embarass and tar Karpov. 

  • 10 months ago

    fabelhaft

    "Garik Kimovich Weinstein should go to Azerbeijan, since he was born in Baku. But, he is not Azer, nor Russian, and sure he is not croatian. The whole purpose of this "article" is an attempt to smear sovereign nation of Russia"

    So he should go to Baku because he was born there? I don't understand why some people feel so threatened by this article and see it as smearing Russia. It simply mentions that the probably greatest chess player ever has been granted Croatian citizenship.

  • 10 months ago

    fabelhaft

    So now Karpov was never a member of the Communist party? :-) I doubt that quotes are needed but here's one anyway:

    "Their political differences were also clear. Mr. Kasparov has resigned from the Communist Party and has announced that he will play under the flag of his homeland, the Russian republic, and not the Soviet flag, which he has said ''represents oppression and tyranny.'' On Monday, Mr. Kasparov said ''Karpov represents the power authorities.'' Mr, Karpov, a Communist Party member, will be playing under the Soviet flag"

    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/10/03/nyregion/kasparov-and-karpov-anticipate-a-chess-war.html

  • 10 months ago

    mcris

    Marignon, I doubt that Karpov, the protege of the Soviet regime was NOT a Party member, and Kasparov was. Do you have some links to prove?

  • 10 months ago

    Marignon

    "Kasparov fought for democracy in the Soviet Union at a time when such toughts were considered treaon."

    Hilarious. Kasparov was a Communist Party member since 1984.

    To compare:  his rival Karpov never joined it.

    Kasparov has never fought for anything but his ego.

    Poor, poor FIDE, if he wins now. 

  • 10 months ago

    varelse1

    Kasparov fought for democracy in the Soviet Union at a time when such toughts were considered treaon. This alone shows more courage than you will see from most anybody you will ever meet in your life. In his day, he was considered a hopeless idealist. Now, with the USSR fallen, Garry is proven to be a visionary.

    And still he continues to fight for the weak and downtrodden. Both in Russia, and abroad.

    While most World Chess Champions habe been content to hide in the shadows, Kasparov alone has had the integrity to use his influence for the betterment of humanity.

    Forgive me if my respect for this man is not lessened by the whimpering of a couple nine-year-olds on a random Chess forum.

  • 10 months ago

    Eeyore12

    @panchovillain

    I have no intention to talk about politics. If you check on my profile you will see that Kasparov is one of my favourite players. I will remember the day when I had the pleasure of meetinghim back in 1989 to the rest

    of my life...but that is not the issue here.

    This is a chess site and it should not be used as a tool in politics, especially not today

    when the crises in the Ukraine is escalating.

    The way this article is written it serves only as an anti Russian sting. That is not the purpose of this site if I am not mistaken.

    Sorry for the typos, I am using a phone at the moment.

  • 10 months ago

    panchovillain

    Eeyore12  said:"All his activities outside chess made him a proper clown, nothing else."

    Well, I will quite disagree with that last statement, he tried to run for presidency...this in itself is quite an achievement! Have you ever tried to do something similar?

    Not to mention, he did it at a time when, the prime minister and the president were just trading positions and making deals, mocking democracy and the Russian people...Kaspa fought openly against that, you might agree, or not,with his ideas, but because of what he did, he deserves some respect.

     

     
  • 10 months ago

    Eeyore12

    Chess.com should remove this `news` all together. It really serves no purpose here on the chess site. 

    Kasparov can pick any country in the world and ask for a citizenship,or to be granted one by countries who find him respectable.

    I quit taking him seriously ever since he quit the game. 

    All his activities outside chess made him a proper clown, nothing else.

  • 10 months ago

    panchovillain

    He was right not to apply for the Ukranian citizenship, it would not have changed anything....Kaspa, always a move ahead!

  • 10 months ago

    cimzowitsch

    enough of this,,,Sealed

  • 10 months ago

    Ryan390

    Wow chess appears to be turning into the intro cutscene from the origional Deus Ex..

  • 10 months ago

    SanWogi

    Somehow we are all effected by world politics. But we shouldn't listen too much to the news and more to our hearts. I love Russia, I love Croatia, I love Serbia, I love the Ukraine, I love Syria, I love Iran, I love Israel. Not because of politics, but because of the people. If you know someone  personally from all those countries you wish them peace and happyness no matter what happens in world politics. On this website we can play and discuss chess with people from almost every country. That's really great and at least a little contribution to world peace. It can happen because of the internet and because we respect each other. 

    Kasparov is a great chess hero and, no matter if you agree or disagree to his (chess) political views, it is obvious that he wasn't treated fair when he engaged in Russian politics. So it's nice from Croatia to grant him citizenship. I wish it would have been Germany :-) 

  • 10 months ago

    gokart24

    For the record, this is chess.com. However, it does not surprise me that this involes politics. I mean chess has been a political manuevor for a long time. 

    Since I have little knowledge of current Russian culture and opinions, I have no basis to make a statement for or against them. Though keep in mind, from here on out my opinion is biased and speculative. 

    From a historical stand point, I think the annexation of Crimea and perhaps other dominant russian areas is imminent. Ukraine and Western countires don't have the resources to threaten a withdrawal and the citizens of Crimera would not be happy under an EU type goverment. We might see a resemblance of West and East Berlin, but only time will tell if that happens. 

    But other than a loss of reputation for both sides, nothing has really changed for the worse. Both sides are merely trying to protect their interests. I believe we call that politics. 

    The one who are really suffering are the people of Ukraine who have been thrusted into a political battlethat divides the country. 

  • 10 months ago

    Fokhenshtein

    Calm, calm guys. 

    lollypoopy, enough provocations.

  • 10 months ago

    hughgb

    Politics do not belong on this website. Can you all just agree to differ and SHUT UP

  • 10 months ago

    Marignon

    " You call the legit new government of Ukrain „militant nationalist gangs" ??? "

    The new government is poorly legitimate without the elections.

    However, I call "gangs" the "Right Sector" activists  (please, read about them in wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_Sector ) and other gangs only posing as such, which have been pillaging Kiev for several days. 

  • 10 months ago

    UltraHuman

    Za dom!!

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