On Saturday 11/24 while leading a peaceful march he was taken into custody, beaten, and jailed for 5 days. This is nothing new for Kasparov. Back in April he was beaten and arrested during a protest as well. The notable thing about that rally was that it was co-organized by Putin’s own former prime minister Mikhail M. Kasyanov.
Now, for those of you that don’t know it, Kasparov is actually running for President as the opposition leader. The problem is that Putin controls all of the public media so it’s impossible to mount any sort of campaign against him when you can’t even get any air time. Here is Kasparov talking about these challenges on NPR in October.
Finally, here he is discussing Russia’s woes with Bill Maher. It’s a brilliant article, and exactly what you’d expect from one of the smartest men alive. By the way, props to Ian Clarke for bringing this to my attention!
I’d really love to know a lot more about what is going on over there, but I don’t have time to really research it. If anyone wants to put together a guest post about how Putin is grabbing and consolidating all the power I’d be willing to consider it for inclusion here.
It’s got to be good though! ;-)