Sunday, January 28, 2007

Kasparov Leads the Free World against Putin

Melanie Kirkpatrick at the Wall Street Journal has a great write-up of her interview with chess master Garry Kasparov. Mr Kasparov is building and leading an alliance to select a candidate to restore democratic freedoms by replacing Putin.

What advice does he have for George W. Bush about helping Russian democracy today? "Stay neutral," comes the swift reply. The "worst thing" that happened to the democracy movement, he says, was the inclusion of Russia in the Group of 7 democracies, now the G-8, a designation he can't bring himself to utter. Now, Washington should take that position that "there must be an election under the Russian constitution. Putin must go, and elections should be held. Period. That's enough. There's no double standard. Obey the Constitution. That's it."

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