Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Russian Politics

Last week saw what the New York Times described as an "unusually large and unruly" protest against the Russian Government. Some 5,000 people took to the streets of St Petersburg, despite the organisers only expecting 2,000.

One of the organisers of the protest, was the former world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Kasparov was known in the chess world for his energy and his detailed preparation. Many believe that he is the greatest player of all time. His chess success has brought Kasparov the money and the celebrity status in Russia to mount a credible political challenge. Rumours abound that he is planning to stand for Russian President in next year's election.

1 comment:

Ellee said...

Yes, I've heard that too, as well as Putin heading one Russia's gas industry. 5,000 people, good for them - it must have been quite a demo.