Chess Champ Kasparov Challenges Putin

Christiane Amanpour, Matthew Drake, Iva Zoric, David Miller & Mark Monroy
Around the WorldMay 17, 2012

Since Vladimir Putin regained his seat as President of Russia, reformists have taken to the street in growing numbers to protest against an election they believe was fraudulent and a government they believe is corrupt.

"This is a game without any rules," says chess Grandmaster and reformist Garry Kasparov who spoke to Christiane Amanpour from Moscow about the rising impatience among Russians.

Kasparov has been fighting for political change in Russia full time since retiring as an international chess master in 2005, but even he's surprised at how quickly the tone has changed in Russia. "I don't believe anyone at the end of November, early December, could have made such a prediction that very soon, the Russian political landscape would change so dramatically."

Kasparov believes that the Russian people were willing to give Putin the benefit of the doubt a decade ago when he rose to power, but in 2012 there is still no sign of economic recovery, even with the high price of oil and the numbers are growing in favor of change.

"People have lost their patience," he believes.