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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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  • 7 months ago

    N_i_p_a_s

    Marignon   You call the legit new government of Ukrain „militant nationalist gangs" ??? What is wrong with you???? And, in fact there wasn't any „attacks at civil"  as you mentioned.

  • 7 months ago

    Marignon

    Not a single Ukrainian was anyhow harmed by the Russian troops in the Crimea.

    The purpose is to stop attacks at civil population threatened by militant nationalist gangs who are out of control of the Ukrainian government for the moment. 

  • 7 months ago

    mnowotny

    @Marignon

    Crimea is peace-making? This is aggression. And I believe Russians who suffered so greatly in the past due to foreign invasions shall be first to see it. 

  • 7 months ago

    Marignon

    Enougn discussion.

    I'd like to invite everyone in the newly formed group "The Soviet Union"

    http://www.chess.com/groups/home/team-soviet-union

  • 7 months ago

    Marignon

    "so there is nothing wrong with Russia occupying other countries?"

    If you speak about the Crimea, this is peacemaking. 

    Russia stops the in-fighting in Ukraine.

    After the elections and forming of a responsible government the forces will be withdrawn.


  • 7 months ago

    Fokhenshtein

    There is nothing to discuss. All are glad about this news.)

  • 7 months ago

    Narkoman_Lutalica

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  • 7 months ago

    Marignon

    claiming Kasparov was somehow CIA."

    Well, at least his aim is to promote the agenda of the most agressive part of US establishement.

    If McCain is your favorite politicain, you should be happy with Kasparov as well. We in Russia are not.

  • 7 months ago

    N_i_p_a_s

    Marignon so there is nothing wrong with Russia occupying other countries?

  • 7 months ago

    varelse1

    Marignon would have almost sounded sane, had he not shot himself in the foot, claiming Kasparov was somehow CIA.

    2200 rated troll, go figure.

  • 7 months ago

    Fokhenshtein

    Marignon doesn't look upset with this fact))

  • 7 months ago

    Marignon

    "why is disputant "Marignon" upset about this"

    I am happy. I repeat that it is good that  now he officially has nothing in common with Russia. 

    I only have pity for Croatia and especially FIDE. 


  • 7 months ago

    Marignon

    "he hates its current government and regime"

    Democratically elected government directly supported by ~60% of population.

    And other 30% support the Communist Party.

    Only about 1% support Kasparov and his friends.


    " Putin supports the killer and murderer Al-Assad in Syria "

    Putin supports someone who commits to protect Syrian Christians against Al-Qaida. 

    Even the Pope blessed and thanked Putin for this.

  • 7 months ago

    Narkoman_Lutalica

    Mr. Kasparov choose to take citizenship of Croatia,member of European union and advanced west. It is not clear why is disputant "Marignon" upset about this.

  • 7 months ago

    varelse1

    @Vo1d3mort actually I would support someone who is brave, strong and honorable like Kasparov whom it took 10 police men to put him in a cell.

    Took more than that to get Fischer in a cell. Longer too!

    (He also bit one.)

  • 7 months ago

    Lapris1297

    Greatest ever player in our game has new passport.legitimate for us to be interested. Background needs explaining and is,inevitably political. A good article.

  • 7 months ago

    Marignon

    " Have you ever heard of Anna Politkovskaya, journalist and human rights activist, murdered by Putin's regime? "

    Have you ever heard that her killers have been found and it was a matter of personal vengeance from a Chechen criminal? No connections with any Russian officials.

    It was sooo lowly from Kasparov and likes to use this death in their interests. 


  • 7 months ago

    Marignon

    Maybe you do not know, but his leadership both in the Democratic party of Russia in 1991 and Opposition Council in 2006 was absolutely devastating for these organizations. 

    Anywhere outside of the chess board he is just a hilarious egocentric maniac. 

  • 7 months ago

    Marignon

    He absolutely hates Russia and its people.

    He was not born in a Russian city, nor any of his parents were Russians. 

    After 1990 he did not play for Armenia or Israel or whatever else just because wanted to win no matter what and thus used our national team to this end.

  • 7 months ago

    fabelhaft

    "It is OK that the site informs us that now he officially has nothing in common with Russia"

    He is a Russian citizen, Russian speaking, engaged in Russian politics etc. Being critical of the current leadership and having nothing in common with Russia are different things.

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