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Garry the lecturer and Putin the challenge

2011-02-17 17:25

"Putin is not the man to be featured on Times cover. When I look at Putin regime I see geopolitical challenges. The existence of this person sends a signal to other dictators that aggression can lead to victory", - Kasparov said.

What kind of dictators did the lecturer hint at? Maybe he meant Hugo Chavez who threw all foreign oil explorers out of the country falling immediately into disfavor with Washington. Or maybe it's Ahmadinejad who pursues struggle against Israel, the US aggressive foothold in the middle of the Arab world, or America's similar foes.

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No doubt Kasparov did not imply Saakashvili who imprisoned four times more people than Communists of the totalitarian regime. Besides, Saakashvili is a good example of what happens to aggressors violating peace treaties in conflict zones. Such aggressors are chased away with battle-planes, made to wear bulletproof vests and chew their clothes in front of TV cameras.

There is one thing that Georgians were supposed to learn out of Kasparov's lecture: Russia is the world's key geopolitical actor and there is only one way to stop its advance - to freeze Putin's accounts in the world's banks.

"When European leaders ask what should be done to restore control over this uncontrollable man (Vladimir Putin) I reply: Putin has bank accounts in Western banks. These are resources that Russian oligarchs use to buy businesses and soccer clubs in Europe. Europe can introduce sanctions against the Russian PM's accounts thus sending an obvious message to Russia", - Kasparov said in the House of Europe in Tbilisi.

Only with Putin's departure, as Kasparov asserts, Georgian-Russian diplomatic relations will be restored and Georgia will regain territorial integrity. Considering a recent forecast by Mikhail Gorbachev that Vladimir Putin will miss the coming election and will run for presidency only in 2018 Tbilisi will have to wait a long time for the end of his political career as "the world's main geopolitical threat". Yet, Kasparov tried to convince the audience that in Russia too Putin's opponents become more numerous each day.

If Georgians don't know why Russia offered support to Abkhazia, Kasparov explained: "For Putin, annexation of Abkhazia is a key factor for deploying his bases in Sochi where he is building a sort of new Putingrad". This statement needs comments since Sochi albeit close to Sukhum is at some distance and there can't be any direct correlation between bases in "Putingrad" (oh, what a pity Kasparov is so late with this neologism, otherwise coming Olympics would be named Putingrad-2014) and Abkhazia's independence.

Nevertheless, the chess player calls Abkhazia "a political buffer zone for Russian policies".

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