Vladimir Putin Dismisses Critic Garry Kasparov's Political Skills

Chess player Garry Kasparov has become one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics but political movements in which he has been involved have failed to attract mass support.

updated: October 10, 2014 11:16 IST
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Kasparov is a former world chess champion.

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Novocheboksarsk, Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin questioned Garry Kasparov's skills as a politician on Thursday after the former world chess champion described him as the most dangerous man in the world.

"He's not made a very good politician, but he's a great chess player," Putin told sports officials during a visit to Novocheboksarsk city in Russia's Volga region.

He was replying to a comment by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the head of the International Chess Federation, that a foreign Grandmaster had refused to play in a tournament in Russia because of concerns over political stability.

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