Garry Kasparov Arrested at Russian Rally!

Garry Kasparov seized by police at a rally in Moscow!

Kasparov was forced to the ground and beaten, his assistant Marina Litvinovich said in a telephone interview from outside the police station where he was being held- CNN.

Garry Kasparov was later charged with resisting arrest.

Former chess champion Garry Kasparov, center, surrounded by his bodyguards, is detained by police during an opposition rally in Moscow, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007. Riot police on Saturday broke up an anti-Kremlin rally of several thousand people, detaining some of the protesters, including former chess champion Garry Kasparov and other opposition leaders. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Former chess champion and opposition leader Garry Kasparov was arrested in Russia today.
The BBC reported:

Russian police have detained opposition leader and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov. He and other critics of President Vladimir Putin were arrested as police broke up a rally in Moscow organised by Mr Kasparov’s Other Russia coalition.

Police moved in when protesters tried to march to the election commission, which had barred Other Russia candidates from next week’s election.

President Putin’s supporters are widely expected to win the 2 December poll.

Other Russia brings together a broad coalition of mainstream politicians, leftists and nationalists, all of whom are opposed to the Kremlin.


Police officers detain chess grandmaster and opposition leader Garry Kasparov (C) during an opposition rally in central Moscow, November 24, 2007. Russia’s police detained opposition leader and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov and several other anti-Kremlin protesters on Saturday as they demonstrated against President Vladimir Putin. (REUTERS/Vyacheslav Kochetkov)

On Friday, Russian secret police raided Kasparov’s office and wrote down the passport numbers of all of his staff members.


Former chess champion Garry Kasparov is detained by police during an opposition rally in Moscow, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007. (AP)

RIA Novosti reported on Kasparov’s arrest after police originally denied that the opposition leader had been detained.

Previously:
Garri Kasparov Joins Democracy Leaders at Press Gathering
Kasparov: “Putin Endangers Future of Russia” (Exclusive Interview)

UPDATE: The New York Times has more on Kasparav’s arrest, via Instapundit.

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