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Garry Kasparov on Putin: “It would be the end for him”

The chess legend is considered one of the harshest critics of the Kremlin. Because of the war, he sees the possibility that Putin’s system could collapse. He also commented on the future of his homeland.

The Kremlin critic and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov hopes that the Ukraine war will bring an end to Vladimir Putin‘s rule. The prerequisite is a combination of economic sanctions and a defeat by Russia in Ukraine. “He would no longer have enough money to pay for the army, the police and the propaganda apparatus. That would be the end for him,” the Russian told the “Welt”.

“Then a fresh start will be possible”

How exactly the state will develop after that, Kasparov cannot estimate exactly. However, three conditions must be met for a positive development: Russia should only be freed from sanctions when all troops have left Ukraine. In addition, the country would have to pay reparations and those responsible would have to be brought to justice. “If these conditions are met, a fresh start will be possible.”

Kasparov is considered one of the greatest chess players of all time. He recently blamed President Putin for the war against Ukraine and was declared a “foreign agent” by the Russian government on Friday. Between 1985 and 2000 the Russian was reigning world champion, in 2005 he ended his career as the world number one. Since then he has distinguished himself primarily as a political activist and critic of Putin. He has lived in New York since 2013. However, Kasparov is not aiming for his own career in the Kremlin. “No, I don’t dream of that. I see myself in a different role. I want to help Russia to overcome this dramatic crisis.”

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