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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  • 3 years ago



    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.

  • 3 years ago


    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.


  • 3 years ago


    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.

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


    enough of this,,,Sealed

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


    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 :-) 

  • 3 years ago


    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. 

  • 3 years ago


    Calm, calm guys. 

    lollypoopy, enough provocations.

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


    " 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. 

  • 3 years ago


    Za dom!!

  • 3 years ago


    "The purpose is to stop attacks at civil population threatened by militant nationalist gangs".

    Marignon, 2014. 

    "Really, we feel no hatred against the Czech people. We have lived together for years... Despite this, however, we would have had nothing against an independent Czech State if it had not suppressed Germans

    A. Hitler, 1939

  • 3 years ago


    I signed up on this website to improve my chess game, and I wind up watching a video of female protesters being beaten and pepper sprayed in the streets of Russia. I've already cancelled my sub.

  • 3 years ago


    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.

  • 3 years ago


    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. 

  • 3 years ago



    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. 

  • 3 years ago


    Enougn discussion.

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


  • 3 years ago


    "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.

  • 3 years ago


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

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