September 30, 2007

Check This - Gary Kasparov Runs for President in Russia
— Dave In Texas

Puns are supposed to be bad.


Former world chess champion Kasparov wins backing of opposition party The Other Russia, for president.

"The Other Russia" sounds like the name of a bar in Kiev, one I'd rather not visit.

Oh, and it's the 50th anniversary of the launching of Sputnik I.

I Was Just About To Post This [Ace]: Question Is Putin so confident of his tyrannical skills that he can kill, arrest, or cheat a national hero?

This is wonderful. Go, Gary, Go!

Hot Air's Bryan notes Putin has, of course, already subjected Kasparov to an investigation into his supposed "extremism" (a.k.a. dislike of Soviet KGB tyranny).

But as of yet he's been too afraid to put a bullet in his head as is his wont with journalists.


Perhaps a Litvinenko martini? [Dave in Texas]

Posted by: Dave In Texas at 09:51 AM | Comments (16)
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1 Cool.

Posted by: z ryan at September 30, 2007 10:13 AM (PDeVA)

2 Kiev is in Ukraine incidentally, not Russia. Pedantic point I know, and I suppose there could be a bar in Ukraine called "the Other Russia". Still, thought I'd make that clear.

Posted by: Bill at September 30, 2007 10:34 AM (mhNvu)

3 I read some of the opinion pieces old Garry Kimovich wrote in the Wall Street Opinion Journal. The guy writes great, and gets the basics right. Hope he wins.

Posted by: Tushar D at September 30, 2007 10:51 AM (9ULFg)

4 Checkmate, Comrade.

Posted by: Stormy70 at September 30, 2007 10:57 AM (Y+o71)

5

Lets hope he survives this, he really does have intelligent political views, most of which would be supported by AoSHQtm peoples.


It is likely though, that if he poses a serious challenge to Putin he'll get his pawn 'crowned' all right. Ok that's mixing chess and checkers, it's Sunday! Brain takes weekends off.


Posted by: 5Cats at September 30, 2007 11:09 AM (Knaf0)

6 So Kasparov is pretty much running on the "I dare you to have me murdered" platform.

Posted by: Trimegistus at September 30, 2007 11:30 AM (jQlIa)

7

So if this former chess player runs, who will be his running "mate?"  Will the people see him as that "knight" in shining armor?


One bad pun deserves another!


By the way, the term "checkmate" is actually Persian.  Go figure.


Posted by: Ron at September 30, 2007 12:20 PM (hpa3u)

8 A group of chess enthusiasts had checked into a hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse.
"But why?" they asked, as they moved off.
"Because," he said, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."

Posted by: ricpic at September 30, 2007 12:32 PM (tng3f)

9 I can see it now.  When Kasparov wins, the banner will say:

CHECKMATE!!!


Posted by: EC at September 30, 2007 12:48 PM (j2Tjh)

10

While I'd like to see Putin beaten out as President of Russia, I'm not sure a Chess champion is going to be a big improvement.


 


These genius guys tend to be a little near the edge.


Bobby Fischer for President anyone?


Posted by: Kevin B at September 30, 2007 01:34 PM (qBeum)

11 Kasparov is likely to be captured en passant and then found in pieces scattered around Moscow.

Posted by: Eric J at September 30, 2007 02:03 PM (5PRM2)

12 "Other Russia" (другая россия is sort of a bad translation. 
There really isn't a good equivalent English word for "другая". 
The word is sort of an amalgamation of the english words
"alternative/other/different".  Doesn't really matter though, the
party has no popluar support in the country and Kasparov doesn't have a
snowballs chance in hell of winning the presidency.  During their
last rally in Moscow, there were more OMON (federal police force) and
police on the streets than protestors.



Last I heard, Putin is running at about an 80%
popularity rating and whoever he gives the nod to will win, end of story. 
The Russian population loves Putin for bringing stability back to the country,
and for creating a sense of prosperity and national strength, even if it is
over-exaggerated.  Most people in the West just have no clue on how bad
things were in Russia during the 90's.  During the last decade, things got
about as bad as they could.  You had massive inflation that destroy
people's retirement options, complete disintegration of the social fabric of
society, roving gangs of youth that would do anything (seriously anything) for
a buck, the 1st and 2nd wars in Chechnya, and most importantly, a total and
complete loss in both national pride and identity.

Posted by: Jason at September 30, 2007 02:06 PM (2YJJn)

13 His running mate should be Deep Blue.

Posted by: chinotex at September 30, 2007 03:56 PM (/KjuU)

14 And, please; it's FSB tyranny now.  That whole KGB thing is so 1980's.

Posted by: Secundus at September 30, 2007 04:08 PM (QrZI2)

15 Well hell he can't be any worse than Putin.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 30, 2007 04:34 PM (wmgz8)

16 I'm partly surprised Putin hasn't had him murdered already. 

Posted by: Steve O at September 30, 2007 05:23 PM (LFHbc)

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