Garry Kasparow (59) is considered one of the greatest chess geniuses in the world, was world chess champion from 1985 to 1993 – for warmonger Vladimir Putin (69) he is persona non grata.
The Russian government has put Kasparov on its list of “foreign agents” along with Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky (58).
The chess star and former oligarch Khodorkovsky also had his activities financed by “sources” in Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Justice justified this decision.
They are subject to numerous restrictions and requirements, including the obligation to indicate their status as a “foreign agent” in all their publications.
The classification recalls the vilification of critics in the Soviet Union as “enemies of the people” and is widely used against opposition politicians as well as government-critical journalists and human rights activists. The Kremlin accuses them of seeing their activities financed from abroad.
Criticism of Putin for years
Well-known former world chess champion Kasparov has long been a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has lived in the United States for almost a decade. Shortly before the outbreak of war, the chess genius BILD interview asked the German government to deliver arms to Ukraine.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky was one of Russia’s most powerful businessmen in the 1990s before his clash with the Kremlin after Putin took office in 2000. He spent the time between 2003 and 2013 in Russian custody, after which he went into exile. For years Khodorkovsky has provided financial support to the opposition organization Open Russia. The organization disbanded in May last year in the face of mounting pressure.
Since the February 24 attack on Ukraine, dozens of journalists and members of Russia’s intellectual elite have fled the country as authorities increase pressure on the country’s last media outlets and critical voices.