Putin critic urges Canada to adopt sanctions against Russian officials

Garry Kasparov was always a symbol of rebelliousness in Russia. In the 1980s, he was one of two rival Soviet Union chess stars and there was a propaganda distinction: Anatoly Karpov was the Communist establishment man, and Mr. Kasparov the upstart. In chess terms, the Kremlin made Mr. Karpov white and Mr. Kasparov black. If it wasn’t for glasnost, he thinks, he might have been chased out of chess, but he became world champion.

In Vladimir Putin’s Russia, he was a rebel again, as a pro-democracy Kremlin critic and onetime presidential candidate. But he was never going to be allowed to win. Now, his rebellion is in sharply warning Western nations about what Mr. Putin’s Russia has become, and that they must respond in more pointed ways.That’s why Mr. Kasparov will be in Ottawa this week, to push Canada to adopt a so-called Magnitsky law, …
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