• European Court Finds Russia Violated Rights Of Chess Star Garry Kasparo

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    European Court Finds Russia Violated Rights Of Chess Star Garry Kasparov


    October 11, 20166:18 PM ET
    Rebecca Hersher

    The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia illegally
    detained international chess star and opposition leader Garry Kasparov
    in 2007.

    In May of that year, Kasparov was trying to fly from Moscow to Samara,
    in western Russia, to attend a march against the administration of
    Russian President Vladimir Putin, planned to coincide with a summit
    between Russia and the European Union. At 8:30 a.m. at Moscow's
    Sheremetyevo airport, authorities confiscated his ticket and passport,
    and then held him for five hours.

    He missed the flight, and the protest march.

    Kasparov first filed a complaint in a Russian court, saying his right to
    free assembly had been infringed upon. The Russian government insisted
    the police were conducting "a wider investigation into ticket forgery," according to the European court's decision.

    The initial complaint was dismissed by the Golovinskiy District Court of
    Moscow in 2007. An appeal in Russia was also dismissed, at which point
    he took the case to the European Court of Human Rights, which is
    composed of seven judges, one of whom is Russian.

    The seven judges unanimously agreed that Kasparov had been illegally
    detained, and that it amounted to "interference with his right to
    freedom of assembly," noting the Russian government had not provided any evidence to support the ticket forgery investigation claim.

    Kasparov has devoted his time to Russian opposition politics since he
    retired from international chess competition in 2005. He was the
    highest-ranked chess player in the world from 1985 to 2005.

    Since then, he has frequently and publicly criticized Putin. After the
    Russian president's party swept 70 percent of the seats in a 2007
    election, Kasparov accused the authorities of not only "rigging, but
    also raping the democratic system." He was arrested with the opposition
    punk group Pussy Riot in 2012.

    Earlier this year he told Reuters, "Confrontation with Putin is
    inevitable as long as he stays in office." He even wrote a book, the
    subtitle of which is "Why Vladimir Putin and the enemies of the free
    world must be stopped."

    On Twitter, Kasparov said Tuesday that he was "obliged to stay out of
    Russia" after being "jailed briefly." He is currently the chairman of
    the Human Rights Foundation watchdog group, which is based in New York.
    A Conversation with Chess Master Gary Kasparov

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