Kasparov: I'm Not Running for Office

    One of the organisers of the upcoming opposition rally  "For Fair Elections," : former chess champion Garry Kasparov, attends a meeting of the rally organisers  in Moscow, on January 31, 2012.  Opposition movement plans to stage a third in a series of rallies in Moscow and other big cities against Putin on February 4. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)


    “In chess you have fixed rules and unpredictable results,” Russian former chess grandmaster turned political activist Garry Kasparov said Thursday at The Hero Summit. “In [Russian politics] it’s the opposite.” Kasparov spoke with The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake about the state of Russian politics and the country’s relationship with other world powers. He said that Russia could be linked to Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon, and warns that “Putin will do absolutely everything to protect Assad.” He said, “If you look at trouble [in the Middle East], Russia is usually behind it.” Russia needs to free itself from Vladimir Putin’s regime, Kasparov maintains, but he cautions it will be a challenge—and he won't be seeking office as part of the solution.

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