Garry Kasparov

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Garry Kasparov(also spelt Garri) (born as Garry Kimovich Weinstein on April 13, 1963, in Baku)[1], is a Russian former World Chess Champion. He is also a writer and political activist.

Kasparov announced his retirement from professional chess on March 10, 2005 to devote his time to politics and writing. He formed the United Civil Front movement, and joined as a member of The Other Russia, a coalition opposing the administration of Vladimir Putin. He was a candidate for the 2008 Russian presidential race, but later withdrew. Widely regarded in the West as a symbol of opposition to Putin, Kasparov's support in Russia is low although some have called into question the validity of the state influenced opinion polls.[2][3]


Garry Kasparov: How Putin's poker game makes fools of the West, The Spectator, 14 December 2013



  1. Kasparov, Biography, Accessed 26-February-2009
  2. Conor Sweeney, Chris Baldwin, Reuters, Putin "heir" on course to win Russia election: poll, Accessed 26-February-2009
  3. Michael Stott, Calgary Herald, Russia votes for parliament, Putin triumph expected, Accessed 26-February-2009
  4. Democracy and Security International Conference, List of Participants, Accessed 25-February-2009