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Kasparov Granted Croatian Citizenship

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 2014.03.01. 0:42.

This week Garry Kasparov was granted citizenship by the Republic of Croatia. The former world champion turned human rights activist is running for FIDE President, and wrote on his website that he did not want to “depend on Putin's Foreign Ministry” anymore while campaigning. The news was posted on the Russian version of Kasparov's personal website, and also reported by The Guardian.

“The bodies of the Republic of Croatia handed me a passport of their state. I am grateful to the government of Croatia for their invaluable help in such an important and crucial moment for me: the campaign for the FIDE presidency entered its active phase, during which I will visit yet some thirty countries - in these circumstances, it would be prohibitively expensive to depend on Putin's Foreign Ministry. I should be able at any time to cancel my Russian passport,”

wrote Kasparov (50) on his website on Friday. Even though he is not travelling to his home country for the time being, he is not intending to renounce his Russian citizenship. With his Croatian passport Kasparov expects to be able to travel more freely.

Although he prefers to be called human rights activist, Kasparov has played an active role in the opposition to Putin's government. He was among several protesters who were arrested in August 2012, while standing outside the court in Moscow where members of the protest band Pussy Riot were being sentenced. In November 2007 he spent five days in jail for protesting on behalf of The Other Russia, an umbrella coalition that gathered opponents of Putin.

Kasparov has had strong ties with Croatia for a long time. In 1992, during the Yugoslav war, he participated in the creation of a refugee fund of the city of Vukovar. A year later he was made an honorary citizen of the city, and two years later he was awarded the state award of Croatia. 

Besides, Kasparov has a summer residence in the southern Croatian town of Makarska and he speaks the language. In January he met with the Croatian president, Ivo Josipović, who praised him for providing “great moral support to Croatia” during the country's war of independence.

According to The Guardian, earlier Kasparov had applied for Latvian citizenship, but the Latvian government announced in November it would not grant him citizenship owing to "procedural issues".

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  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Narkoman_Lutalica

    I'm a winner and you're a loser nja nja nja nja nja nja!!

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    varelse1

    "It is much easier to fool people, than to convince them they have been fooled." -- Mark Twain

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Eeyore12

    @Narkoman_Lutalica

    MIlos said that because of some other earlier disputes. He abandoned Srbija Tim because we do not support his kind of `approach and talk`, especially not on a chess site.

    That`s why he is angry with me. I thought he left that behind, but apparently not...

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Narkoman_Lutalica

    Faced with irrefutable facts and solid arguments disputant ˝milospantovic˝finally broke and show his real face making me a winner in this dispute.Anyone can type his post on serbian in google translate and  see insults addressed to his fellow comrade disputant ˝Eeyore12˝ just because he imagined that he does not agree with his views, but he just called for an end to this grueling debate.Not to mention the shame inflicted by him to all honest Serbs reading this topic.That is very sad indeed:( Eeyore12 ako želiš možemo biti frendaći?!

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Eeyore12

    I still do not understand why we talk politics on this site...

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    zenomorphy

    Whoa!

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Narkoman_Lutalica

    Accusing croats to be genocide clero-facists and Mr.Kasparov traitor who is only interesting in money is civilised debate?You seems like very hot-headed person,maybe your gratuitous hostility toward croats is blinding you from reasoning. Croatia is an independent country that enjoys world support while Serbia was declared the aggressor .We could even say that the view of civilized nations against Serbia is roughly as it was for Germany in World War II.How do you feel about that?

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Narkoman_Lutalica

    It is not clear what you mean? Seems that you're the one who is insulting Mr.Kasparov during this whole topic.Can we say that logical reasoning is not your strongest side?

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Marignon

    Talks about "Russian dictatorship" are nonsence. We all admire Putin. He is God's chosen. 

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Narkoman_Lutalica

    By choosing  democratic values and exposing  Russian dictatorship Garry has won the sympathy of the civilized west.It seems that this fact upsets disputant ˝miIospantovic˝.Hopefully it will not have a negative impact on his health.                                                                                                                                                           

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    varelse1

    Nice video.

    I can't think of another world chamion who works as hard as Garry to make the world a better place.

    Okay, maybe Karpov. Maybe.

    Nobody else though.

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    zenomorphy

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    fabelhaft

    "Not much Chess in this article, this post looks like a write up for a political blog or maybe a 'celebrities on chess' blog, but not chess at all. Keep the subjects in what you really shine on and are super stars: "Chess", please leave politics for other places"
     
    One can't just censor news concerning chess players based on political views. There were lots of articles when Fischer was granted Icelandic citizenship, and no one suggested that this was something one should be silent about since Fischer had been critical of American politics.
  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    joahking

    Not much Chess in this article, this post looks like a write up for a political blog or maybe a 'celebrities on chess' blog, but not chess at all.

    Keep the subjects in what you really shine on and are super stars: "Chess", please leave politics for other places.

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Narkoman_Lutalica

    Subject is Garry Kasparov and chess.It is not clear why are you diversing from the theme.This can only undemine your allready disrupted credibility.

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Narkoman_Lutalica

    Russians and serbs have brought shame on themselfs presenting falsehoods !I'm dominating! Croatia! Croatia!

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Narkoman_Lutalica

    Croatia gained its independence during the fatherland war and withdrew itself from jaws of the criminal formation Yugoslavia.It seems that some people can not come to terms with this fact.Disputant ˝milospantovic˝disgrace himself on this topic.

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    SummerStorm

    The discussion here shows tensions are high. What a pity.

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    varelse1

    @ marignon

    Don't be embarrased. I am sure Kasparov only left the Communist Party, so they could appoint him director of the CIA

    Do your think that's it?

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Burgershirt

    I would like to think that Kasparov has become a different person over his 50 years.  He was at the center of many imploding organizations over the years - almost certainly due to his massive ego - but now he has taken genuine risks.  It could be that he realized trying to oppose Putin would likely lead to his death, and is now competing in FIDE to try and add to his legacy and self-actualization somewhere less dangerous.

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