Garry Kimovich Kasparov, a former World Chess Champion, has warned the world and cautioned Americans in particular to be very careful about the dangerous relationship Vladimir Putin is trying to build with U.S. president-elect, Donald Trump. Kasparov, the author of a new book, “Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped,” helped in setting up the political opposition group to the Russian leader. However, Kasparov has long moved to the United States for fear of being killed by the Russian leader and he is now speaking out from the U.S where his life is save. According to Kasparov:
“They are all waiting for Trump. They believe Trump will change everything … and give-in to all of Putin’s demands — recognizing Russian annexation of Crimea,” as well as undercutting NATO and sacrificing the Baltic states.”
He went further to warn that we may be entering a very dark age if we allow this to happen. In his own words:
“I think that’s a crime,” “Unless the United States is willing to restore the balance, we are entering a very dark ages.”
Kasparov also advised the United States to go after president Vladimir Putin’s wealth in response to Russia’s hacking of the U.S. election because it is a disruption of democracy.
“You have to go after Putin’s wealth. “You have to demonstrate how much money has been stolen from Russia. American intelligence – they know exactly where this money is being kept.
So they have to go after the core of Putin’s power, his ability to manipulate the hundreds of billions of dollars taken out of Russia in the hands of Russian oligarchs. He uses this cash for his clandestine operations. You have to send a message.”
Kasparov mentioned the assassination of his good friend, Boris Nemtsov, who was killed for organizing protests against Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. Nemtsov, who is also a fellow opposition leader. actually advised Kasparov to move out of Russia because it was no longer safe for him living there. Kasparov described Nemtsov as a brave man. He said:
“He was a great man, the bravest of all of us, “He actually told me in 2013, ‘Leave the country, Gary, it’s no longer safe for you to stay here. But he stayed. … He believed he had to stay in Russia and fight Putin. And he was blasting him on a daily basis. And he was murdered in front of the Kremlin. An opposition leader being shot in the front of the Kremlin, where you have more video surveillance than Fort Knox, with all the cameras going blind. It tells you who did it. It’s just another crime that shows you Putin will not stop short of doing anything to stay in power.”