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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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  • 15 months ago

    Fokhenshtein

    MSC157, this article has nothing common with chess. It is a political article and redspruce is right, this is not the place for such things.

    vaiuuii I'm living in Russia and i sure you that you are misinformed with your media. Nobody try to restrict political (or other) rights of people. The case with Politovskaya was an attempt to discredit the government. And the true murderer was protected by the "democratic" GB for a long years.

  • 15 months ago

    vaiuuii

    redspruce, you seem to have no idea what you are writing about. what does Kasparov have to do with Palestinians?

    Have you ever heard of Anna Politkovskaya, journalist and human rights activist, murdered by Putin's regime? I very much doubt that. Have you ever been to Russia? I very much doubt that, too.

  • 15 months ago

    MSC157

    Kasparov -> former chess champion -> chess

  • 15 months ago

    Fokhenshtein

    I'm so agree with redspruce, don't politicize this place.

    lollypoopy do not tell what you don't know about.

  • 15 months ago

    otkrivenje

    dobrodošao

  • 15 months ago

    redspruce

    Here is an example of Kasparov fomenting hatrted against Russia and linking it to palestine (from 2009 Wall Street Journal): "The natural place for the Kremlin to find its new crisis is the Middle East. Open hostilities between Iran and Israel would lift the price of oil back to a level that would allow Mr. Putin and his gang to keep funding the crackdown. Israel's anxiety over Iran's nuclear-weapon ambitions is the most vulnerable link in a very weak chain.

    "There persists a very damaging myth in the West, spouted by politicians and the press, that says Russia's assistance is needed with Iran and other rogue states. In fact, the Kremlin has been stirring this pot for years and has a vested interest in further increasing turmoil in the region. The Hamas/Hezbollah rockets, based on the Russian Katyusha and Grad, are not delivered via DHL from Allah. It doesn't require the guile of a KGB man like Mr. Putin to imagine a way to accelerate Iran's nuclear program, which has been aided by Russian technology and protected by the Kremlin from meaningful international action."

    why is Chess.com supporting this type of political agitation on its website?  Everything Kasparaov says is polemical, pure propaganda, a Big Lie.  who manages Chess.com and why are they supporting this fraud?

     

  • 15 months ago

    Fokhenshtein

    He is writing on his website that the question about management in FIDE has a great political meaning. It seems ridiculous for me. Hi is honor of Russian chess but hi is not conserned as a serious politician by majority in Russia.

  • 15 months ago

    redspruce

    I could resort to ad hominem attacks like Blunders, but why sink to his level? Anyone who supports K on this website is subverting Chess.com.  Do we have to hate Russia to play chess here?  Do we have to love Israel and kill Palestinians?  Why is Chess.com engaging in propaganda?

  • 15 months ago

    blunders-are-us

    Red spruce shows what an idiot he is by his comments .

  • 15 months ago

    MrDeXon

    From this moment on Mister Kasparov, I have no respect for you anymore mister. You are a traitor and a hipocrit. A legend in chess, but besides that. A hipocrit. I am sure you have your reasons. We all do have. You dont need to love russia or being proud of it. Well, at least it is allowed to have several citizenships in russia. So I hope you keep your russiand at least. Otherwise you would be really an disgusting traitor.

  • 15 months ago

    mnowotny

    Yet another excellent move by Garry: for anyone to depend on Putin would be very unwise...

  • 15 months ago

    honorarycitizen

    he is honorary citizen just like meCool

  • 15 months ago

    Conseiller

    Welcome to the EU Garry

  • 15 months ago

    Kroejsa

    Welcome our dear brother

  • 15 months ago

    MSC157

    http://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/chess-champion-garry-kasparov-granted-croatian-citizenship

    Darn, why not Slovenian :) We would then have 3rd well-known chess player. First 2 are Beliavsky and Muzychuk ;) Neighbourhood rivarly. :)

  • 15 months ago

    redspruce

    He is not a human rights activist, he is an oppressor of Palestinians engaged in subversion and propaganda.  He should not be allowed in any chess federation.

  • 15 months ago

    redspruce

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  • 15 months ago

    bagpiper123456

    I think it's good that this separates him from his political career in Russia. I trust him more now that this has happened.

  • 15 months ago

    ErwinSachs

    Lol...wise move as you wouldn't think Putin will be offering his hand to help or offering it for a bite.

    Fair play to the Croats though & I hope Garry Kasparov succeeds in his bid for FIDE President.

  • 15 months ago

    HristoProtos

    Croatia is a beautiful country - one of the next WChamps might come from that direction too.

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