Sunday, July 24, 2011
Garry Kasparov is a former world chess champion who is considered to be one of the greatest players in history. He held the title from 1985 to 2000 and was ranked No. 1 in the world for 20 consecutive years, from 1986 through his retirement in 2005. After retiring, he became active in Russian politics and an outspoken critic of the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin, then president and later the powerful prime minister.
He became the leader of the umbrella opposition group known as The Other Russia and briefly attempted to run for president.