Saturday, March 10, 2007

will a chessmaster be checkmated?

Marsha Lipman writes about the Putin regime's "persistent signals that autonomous political activism will not be tolerated." Such signals of course include the assassination of journalists and political opponents, and jailing on trumped-up charges those like oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who made the mistake of funding political activity that did not meet Putin's preferences.

And there was a big rally in St. Petersburg last week criticizing Putin and the St. Petersburg city government. Chess champ Gary Kasparov, who is increasingly active and outspoken politically, spoke to the crowd and congratulated them for showing up.

So my question is, when does Kasparov die, and how?



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