Monday, August 20, 2012

Kasparov Beaten, Cop Not Bitten

Most chess players have probably heard by now that former World Chess Champion and Russian opposition political leader Garry Kasparov was arrested outside of the Pussy Riot trial (see article at ChessBase - also here).  By all accounts, and by video evidence, he was simply commenting to reporters and not even protesting at the time.  However, he was forcefully arrested and beaten upon resisting, and he has since been charged with biting a police officer.  Video evidence has just been released (see above) that clearly shows that Kasparov was beaten by the officer in question, who was himself not bitten.  All of this, like the Pussy Riot trial itself, is simply more evidence that there are serious human rights problems in Russia.

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