By David R. Sands
The Washington Times
October 11, 2007
Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, now a long-shot candidate for president of Russia, said yesterday that President Vladimir Putin’s bid to hold on to power after he leaves office in March is just the latest sign of the collapse of democracy and civil liberties in Russia today.
Mr. Kasparov emerged as the unlikely face of Russian opposition to the Kremlin. He heads a small but vocal coalition known as Other Russia, which condemns what it recognizes as Russia’s slide into authoritarian rule since Mr. Putin took office eight years ago.