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Kasparov Granted Croatian Citizenship

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 01.03.14 00:42.

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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  • vor 5 Monate

    Narkoman_Lutalica

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

  • vor 5 Monate

    varelse1

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

  • vor 5 Monate

    milospantovic

    Facts of history can not be disputed.

    There are, of course, those which attempt to re-write history to their own likening, but all they are capable of is to perform self-hypnosis in futile hope they will start to beleive in their own lies.

    Truth can not be changed regardless of ammount of lies that is spilled over it.

  • vor 5 Monate

    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...

  • vor 5 Monate

    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?!

  • vor 5 Monate

    milospantovic

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    milospantovic

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  • vor 5 Monate

    milospantovic

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  • vor 5 Monate

    Eeyore12

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

  • vor 5 Monate

    zenomorphy

    Whoa!

  • vor 5 Monate

    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?

  • vor 5 Monate

    milospantovic

    For those who are unable to see what is obvious, I am carefully choosing apropriate words which would allow this topic to stay within boundaries of civilised debate, and same can not be said for croats.

    If you can not suppress your inner conflicts and frustrations, maybe you should not post anything.

  • vor 5 Monate

    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?

  • vor 5 Monate

    Marignon

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

  • vor 5 Monate

    milospantovic

    Nothing else but insults and slander could be expected from ... whatever...

  • vor 5 Monate

    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.                                                                                                                                                           

  • vor 5 Monate

    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.

  • vor 5 Monate

    milospantovic

    Was Garik payed by CNN for this?

  • vor 5 Monate

    zenomorphy

  • vor 6 Monate

    milospantovic

    This article has same Cold War rhetorics, like it was written back in the 60's, and it has nothing to do with chess.

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