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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

    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.

  • 10 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.

  • 10 months ago

    Marignon

    Kasparov is a despisable  CIA agent, but I don't see anything else but information in the article itself.

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

    I now feel compassion with Croatia, can just say that they should be wary of such a notorious new citizen.


  • 10 months ago

    Vo1d3mort

    What do Kasparov's political antics have to do with chess ? Chess is a intellectual and civilised game. We don't want to see pictures of a FIDE president, the person representing chess, in the media like this one:

    And yes, Pussy Riot totally deserved the inprisonment and Putin is a decent President; russia can't be ruled by a sissy western-type politician.

  • 10 months ago

    varelse1

    It all becomes so clear now!!

    Thank you, Fablehaft!

  • 10 months ago

    fabelhaft

    "I am afraid I do not see the problem"

    The problem is that some people are too stupid to understand why there is an article about Kasparov on a chess site.

  • 10 months ago

    GM_Knot

    Well I would disagree with those who say this article has nothing to do with chess. The commenters opposing this article on the grounds that it is political in nature seem themselves to be using the article as a political springboard of their own. I personally did not see any political issues in the article as primary points. The only political statements were in the context of Mr. Kasparov's run for FIDE president and the complications he has encountered in that run. So, in my opinion (which may not be worth much), the article has everything to do with chess.

    Now, chess itself has been a political catalyst for years, so to find political ramifications in almost any conversation regarding international chess, should be niether surprising nor disappointing.

  • 10 months ago

    varelse1

    I am afraid I do not see the problem.

    Kasparov feels unsafe in the counrty he is in. There are 190 other countries in the world. Kasparov moves. 

    What's the problem?

  • 10 months ago

    mnowotny

    @ YogiOK It is very easy to praise Putin morality being thousands miles away from him. Tell this to Ukrainians and try to persuade them Russia is better option than the US or EU. 

  • 10 months ago

    yogiOK

    I gotta go with "redspruce" on this. First, this is not the place for such discussions, which can even change the nature of this very site. I also do not agree with what Kasparov is doing. One can go on about all of the shortcomings of Putin, but we have far more to see in those ideas in the US. I think less of Kasparov than before. Putin is primarily working to keep some level of moral stability, which is more than we can say about our leaders here.

  • 10 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.

  • 10 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.

  • 10 months ago

    MSC157

    Kasparov -> former chess champion -> chess

  • 10 months ago

    Fokhenshtein

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

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

  • 10 months ago

    otkrivenje

    dobrodošao

  • 10 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?

     

  • 10 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.

  • 10 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?

  • 10 months ago

    blunders-are-us

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

  • 10 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.

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