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Kasparov Arrested By Russian Police 374

New submitter perdelucena writes "Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov was arrested outside a Moscow court, where the verdict in the trial of the Pussy Riot group members was being announced on Friday, Russian police said." Update: 08/18 01:14 GMT by T : Kasparov has written an account of the arrest.
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Kasparov Arrested By Russian Police

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  • Checkmate. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 17, 2012 @08:53PM (#41032065)

    Your move.

    • by SomePgmr ( 2021234 ) on Friday August 17, 2012 @09:03PM (#41032141) Homepage
      Uh, you wanna rethink that? ;)
  • Hmmmm (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Immostlyharmless ( 1311531 ) on Friday August 17, 2012 @08:55PM (#41032081)
    Me thinks if Putin and his thugs aren't a bit more careful, they could start the 2nd coming of democracy in the former Soviet Union.
    • I'm sure Julian Assange will be right there with them!
      (informing on the dissidents to Putin with his new Czarleaks site: []

  • not the first time (Score:5, Informative)

    by Trepidity ( 597 ) <> on Friday August 17, 2012 @08:58PM (#41032103)

    Here's a 2007 /. story [] on a previous arrest.

  • by dkleinsc ( 563838 ) on Friday August 17, 2012 @09:02PM (#41032127) Homepage

    The reporting on this mentioned protesters outside holding signs that translated to "Free Pussy Riot". They didn't comment on whether they meant "Free (Pussy Riot)" or "(Free Pussy) Riot".

    • When his re-election comes up (hahahah...ha.. sorry.), Vladimir should use the slogan:

      "The president of ill; RE:Putin!"

    • I know it's serious, but I can't help laughing when I see those signs and imagine what events might lead to a free pussy riot.
  • His former chess level is less-relevant than the fact that he's a leader in the political movement opposing Putin.
    • Important as his political position may be his chess level is extremely relevant. He was probably the best player this world has ever had.
      • by Trepidity ( 597 )

        His chess level is also a significant part of why he has the political position. If he were just some guy he would likely not have the public standing he does when it comes to politics.

    • Chess? Wouldn't you rather play a nice game of Thermonuclear War?
    • by Bigby ( 659157 )

      Would the be on the level of our government arresting Neil Armstrong or John Glenn for protesting?

  • ISR (Score:5, Funny)

    by Altanar ( 56809 ) on Friday August 17, 2012 @09:18PM (#41032251)
    In Soviet Russia, Czar Putin purges you. Wait... I did that wrong.
    • by Trepidity ( 597 )

      In Soviet Russia, the massed proletarian forces led by the revolutionary vanguard party purge Czarist Putinists without mercy, comrade.

  • by iiii ( 541004 ) on Friday August 17, 2012 @09:27PM (#41032315) Homepage

    Smart people are a threat to those who hold power. Especially the subset of smart people who are politically engaged and willing to put themselves at risk to protest and demand change. And among them, the subset who are world famous and therefore have easy access to the press, well, they are just beyond dangerous.

    There is a long history of new dictatorial regimes wiping out, killing, or scaring away all of the educated class, thus making the general populace less likely to organize, garner international attention, or outsmart anyone in the regime. This fits the pattern.

    • The Orthodox Church endorses Putin, describing his era as a "miracle of God".

      Dear "former Soviet" friends:

      You didn't kill nearly enough priests when you had the chance. Now they are licking the boots of your new Tsar.

      • by SternisheFan ( 2529412 ) on Friday August 17, 2012 @10:48PM (#41032823)
        The Orthodox Church Patriarch who got caught when he had photoshopped his very expensive Rolex watches out of photos. []
        • Whoever shopped the grizzlebearded old far needs to be shot. They forgot to shop the damn reflection in the table.

          Incompetence abounds.


  • From the Czars, to the Reds, and now to Putin, you're still serfs, all these centuries later.

    Oh I know, you look to "strength" in the Kremlin. Well you got your "strength": crush all dissent. Rendering you an antiseptic den of ass kissing and tyranny and oligarchs. You're greatest weakness is your "strength", fools.

    Depressing. Pathetic. All hail imperial 17th century Russia, for all time apparently. Still playing at strong man games. The West moves on to Democracy, China gets rid of its warlords. But not you Russia: still stuck in the past with your lame belief in the big strong man, like a bear! Disgusting.

    Unless you Russians actually fucking do something about it. Win your country. The Russian Revolution, take 2: democratic this time.

    Don't be a fucking serf!

    • Unless you Russians actually fucking do something about it. Win your country. The Russian Revolution, take 2: democratic this time.

      Most of my compatriots seem to be perfectly happy at the present state of affairs, and get mad at anyone suggesting something along these lines, calling us "sellouts to the west" and saying that we must be on the "washington payroll" etc. I figured if they want to see it that way, I might as well make that happen.

      Don't be a fucking serf!

      I'm not, I bailed out - just got my Canadian permanent residence this year, finally, and not looking back. If they insist of riding that train all the way back to the Middle Ages, with autocracy an

  • Video (Score:4, Informative)

    by Issildur03 ( 1173487 ) on Friday August 17, 2012 @09:40PM (#41032411) Homepage

    BBC video of the arrest: []

    Rough transcription: "What are you doing? I'm being detained? What am I charged with? What am I charged with? What am I charged with? What am I charged with? What am I charged with? What am I charged with?"

    • Hiram Mightor: We're going to have to take you into custody.
      Mentok: Ha ha. That's outrageous. What am I charged with?
      Hiram Mightor: Don't have to tell you anymore. Clearly you haven't been reading your Scalia.

    • They have recently enacted a law where pretty much any mass gathering of people is considered a demonstration. And another, where you must give a written notice in advance, and they then grant you permission to hold one; if you don't get a permission, then it's an illegal gathering which is a crime. There have already been cases where people were harassed and even arrested under those laws when the "gathering" consisted of only 3 people. According to the news, there was a crowd of about 300 near the court b

  • by Penurious Penguin ( 2687307 ) on Friday August 17, 2012 @10:35PM (#41032739) Journal
    This is way bigger than you think. Big, like in SPACE. To understand, you should first affiliate yourself with the origins of chess, particularly from the view of former President of the Republic of Kalmykia [], Kirsan Ilyumzhinov [].

    Well, soon you will begin to see what started this whole affair in the first place. The President of the Republic of Kalmykia has powerful friends, and Putin is not at the top amongst them. These friends have spaceships and don't piddle around, especially with chess. In other words, Gary fucked with the Aliens by criticizing their Kalmykian friend [], and Putin, the incredibly patient fellow he is, is finally closing in -- in service of the KGB (King's Gambit Bezopasnosti).

    Gentlemen, I assure you, chess is far stranger than Go [].
    • ... after Putin having completed his "rokirovka". In english this is the chess move "castling". In this case, the rokirovka was the dictatorial and anti-democratic switch Putin used with Medvedev to get around the Russian constitution (which was designed to stop people like Putin from becoming President for longer than was healthy for the State).

      The amazing thing is people don't see Putin as the dictator he is - there really is little difference between Putin and the North Korean crew, Putin is just much

  • "Democracy does not come from governments. Democracy comes from the people."
  • WSJ bias (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    It would be refreshing to see the WSJ providing a similar pulpit for any of the many progressive, liberal, and leftist protestors arrested by police in the US.

    Unfortunately, that day may never come.

  • by cheekyboy ( 598084 ) on Saturday August 18, 2012 @12:48AM (#41033497) Homepage Journal

    A little threat by all of the western world would convince KGB agent putin to reverse the evil decisions.

    Also in the same city is the new russian grandprix so perhaps all the F1 teams should boycot that too, or at least do a protest 50mph race that would take 12hrs to complete. hahahhaha.

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