Freed Kasparov Sounds Alarm on Coming Russian Chaos

Putin leading us to danger: chess champ
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2007 3:34 AM CST
Former chess champion Garry Kasparov kisses his wife Darya Tarasova at his home after having been released from jail in Moscow, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007. Garry Kasparov, one of President Vladimir Putin's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Chess legend Garry Kasparov walked out of prison after serving five days for leading a protest march and warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin was leading the nation down a dangerous path to chaos, the New York Times reports. He vowed to continue his fight against Putin's repressive policies. Fear to take action "is the only chance this regime has to survive," he said.

“We’ve entered a very dangerous period because we don’t know where this is going to stop,” he said outside his home. It could "result in catastrophe." Kasparov, whose arrest drew international condemnation, said he has been warned by police that further challenges to the government would bring heavier charges.