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Garry Kasparov Arrested At Pussy Riot Trial
John Doran , August 17th, 2012 08:12

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This picture taken by a witness outside of the Pussy Riot trial shows armed police dragging chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov into a riot van.

Tweeter Olaf Koens, who took the snap, said: "This is the police wrestling with Garry Kasparov inside the paddy wagon [sic]. Are they beating him?"

The chess player retired in 2005 to become more involved in politics, especially opposing Vladimir Putin, and writing.

He formed the United Civil Front movement and joined several other anti-Putin groups but according to reports, support for his views in Russia is low.

Kasparov's Facebook page confirmed the arrest, saying: "Garry Kasparov has just been arrested outside the Moscow courthouse where the Pussy Riot trial is taking place. He was not there to protest, simply to attend, and the police cornered him and dragged him into the police van. This photo shows the police assaulting him inside the van. We hope he is all right and we will provide updates when we have them."

Only a few hours earlier he posted this: "Statement from the Human Rights Foundation on Pussy Riot, including my comments.

"What is most frustrating about the considerable western reaction to this horrible farce is when the media talks about Putin and the Kremlin 'losing a PR battle" with a punk rock band. What does Putin care about PR in the west? As long as the oil and gas keep flowing and the money keeps going from the treasury into the crooks' pockets, they don't care about anything else! As I've said many times, Putin and his criminal regime are a Russian problem for Russians to solve, but western hypocrisy about human rights gets tiresome when they could take serious measures instead of just talking.

"I am glad artists like Paul McCartney and Madonna are speaking out, but until Interpol and EU parliaments and American legislators take action to penalize Putin's cronies for criminal, financial, and human rights violations, all the press chatter in the world makes little difference. Tell the young children of Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina that their mothers 'are winning a PR battle' while they sit in prison for three years for political protest!"

Prole
Aug 17, 2012 12:39pm

Checkmate Putin.

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AJB
Aug 17, 2012 12:52pm

Sadly only "check" I fear.

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Attollo
Aug 17, 2012 1:16pm

Keep up the good work Garry !

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Khondakar Nazre Mowla
Aug 17, 2012 1:39pm

I wish he will get release soon.
Go on Garry Kimovich Kasparov.

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Paul
Aug 18, 2012 1:32pm

This suggests that 'American legislators take action' which seems very naive. Power is in the hands of a criminal mafia there also who are chasing oil & gas & disposing of anyone who's in the way.

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Nick
Aug 18, 2012 4:29pm

Back in the USSR

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Labhrass
Aug 19, 2012 6:15pm

A sad story all round. But the worst for me was knowing that on the same day that the group members were sentenced, Mr. Sting ex of the Tyne area (ridiculous name for a 60-year old man) was providing a private concert on the island of Sardegna for some Russian zillionaire - rumoured fee $500,000 - and in the naturally exclusive audience was no less than Putin and his best pal Berlusconi ! So not all aging celebrities did the right thing for the poor Pussy sisters. Has Sumner no shame whatsover ?

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praos
Aug 19, 2012 9:05pm

"Armed police". Horrible! Such thing is possible only in Putin dictature.

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Aug 20, 2012 4:58pm

I thought Russia was a democracy I guess I heard it wrong...what a shame...

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