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Kasparov: Appease Putin and He’ll Come Back for More.


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By Elliot Jager

Vladimir Putin is neither a modern-day Hitler nor a master strategist. He is best understood as a bellicose poker player up against a bunch of docile opponents, Garry Kasparov writes in Politico.

Kasparov, a chess grandmaster and chairman of the Human Rights Foundation in New York, who was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, then part of the Soviet Union, writes that he has dedicated himself “to opposing Vladimir Putin’s campaign to destroy democracy and civil liberties in Russia.”

What Putin has going for him that his Soviet precursors did not is unhindered entrée to international markets and institutions, Kasparov says. “Putin’s oligarchs bank in London, party in the Alps, and buy penthouses in New York and Miami, all while looting Russia under the auspices of a reborn KGB police state.”

European authorities have enabled Putin by facilitating his regime’s access to Western capital. Western banks helped underwrite the Kremlin takeover of dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Yukos oil empire, Kasparov writes.

Putin rules like an authoritarian communist dictator but acts like a Western mogul. He is no Hitler, but “turning the other cheek” to him “just gets you slapped again,” Kasparov writes.

President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are mistaken to worry about possible “instability” and “high costs” in confronting Putin. What “could be worse than the instability caused by the partial annexation of a European country by a nuclear dictatorship, carried out with impunity?”  Kasparov asks.

Merkel seems to now appreciate the urgency of standing up to Putin, he notes.

Kasparov’s conclusion is that “Putin is no master strategist. He’s an aggressive poker player facing weak opposition from a Western world that has become so risk-averse that it would rather fold than call any bluff, no matter how good its cards are.”

He’s no Hitler, but Kasparov writes the instructive analogy is that “appeasing a dictator” and “greedily grabbing at an ephemeral peace” in the face of aggression is a recipe for war in the long run.

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Russia Tightening Internet Controls After NSA Leaks.


Moscow is trying to crackdown on the Internet in the wake of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks about Washington’s secret surveillance programs.

Russian officials are using the alleged violations of online privacy by the NSA’s PRISM metadata collection program, disclosed by Snowden, and other electronic spying, to justify the effort, reports the Washington Free Beacon.

One official, Sergei Zhelezhyak, deputy speaker of the Russian Duma, reportedly called for an investigation of what he called “unlawful access to Russian citizens’ personal data by American companies and intelligence services,” while another, Ruslan Gattarov, head of the Federation Council’s Information Policy Committee, is supporting a plan to limit the placing of Russian data on foreign servers.

U.S. officials told the Beacon that the officials’ comments are part of a campaign by Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s government to use Snowden’s information to limit social media.

“The opposition relies on it for news and for communication, but as Internet usage grows, Putin may respond to the threat, and his regime has already created the legal and technical framework” for more controls,” pro-democracy activist Garry Kasparov told the publication, noting the government has already shut down several sites, including opposition political sites.

“This is how they work, step by step,” he said.

The Internet crackdown is apparently the latest step in a far-reaching crackdown on a free society that began when Putin returned to the presidency in May 2012. Human Rights Watch in a recent report called it “unprecedented in the country’s post-Soviet history.”

“The authorities have introduced a series of restrictive laws, begun a nationwide campaign of invasive inspections of nongovernmental organizations, harassed, intimidated, and in a number of cases imprisoned political activists, and sought to cast government critics as clandestine enemies,” said the organization.

“As for Snowden, I don’t know if this will impact Putin’s Internet agenda or just provide another excuse for more crackdowns,” said Kasparov. “Really he doesn’t even bother with excuses in this phase of his regime. But it’s possible.”

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By Lisa Barron

Putin critic Garry Kasparov cleared over Pussy Riot protest.


MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former world chess champion turned Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov was cleared on Friday of taking part in an unsanctioned protest over the conviction of punk band Pussy Riot in a rare Moscow court ruling in his favor.

Kasparov, an opposition leader, was among dozens of activists picked out of a crowd and detained outside the court where the Pussy Riot trial ended in two-year jail sentences for three female band members on August 17.

The 49-year-old was speaking to journalists when police grabbed him and carried him to a waiting van. Four witnesses confirmed that is what happened during the court hearings, the Interfax news agency reported.

A court on Friday said police witnesses had not proven that he had taken part in an unsanctioned protest and acquitted him.

“I think it’s a very important day, a historical day, because for the first time in our courts, the evidence of a policeman was not accepted just because he wears a uniform,” Kasparov said after the decision.

Opposition leaders and activists have frequently been found guilty of charges linked to protests against President Vladimir Putin, who has been in power since 2000 and began a six-year presidential term in May.

A law rushed through parliament amid a series of street protests drastically increased fines for violations of rules governing public gatherings, part of what Putin’s opponents say is a concerted effort to suppress dissent.

Kasparov could still face criminal charges based on a police officer‘s accusation that the opposition leader bit him while he was being detained. Police have sent documents about that accusation to federal investigators for review, Interfax said.

(Reporting By Nastassia Astrasheuskaya; Editing by Steve Gutterman and Andrew Osborn)

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

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