May 11, 2022

Putin is a great geopolitical poker player, says Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov

New Delhi: Russian Chess Grandmaster and political commentator, Garry Kasparov said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin made its intentions to destroy Ukraine very clear from the start. Speaking at the Indian Economic Conclave (IEC) 2022, Kasparov spoke in detail about the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Responding to a question about Putin’s motive behind launching a large-scale attack on his Eastern European neighbour, Garry Kasparov said that since 2014 Putin had made it clear that Ukraine did not belong à la carte. “From history, we know that even though dictators lie about everything they’ve done, very often they tell us exactly what they’re going to do,” Kasparov said.

“The algorithm used by all past dictators is the same”

“Since 2014, Putin has been saying that Ukraine must be destroyed. He has made it very clear that Ukraine has no place on the map and that Russia has the right to expand its influence” , he added. Reflecting on Russia’s attack on the Republic of Georgia in 2008 and subsequent invasions led by Putin in the following years, Kasparov noted that this was “the algorithm used by all dictators in the past” . “I don’t ask why but why not,” he added.

Responding to a question about understanding Putin’s strategies as a chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov called him a “great geopolitical poker player“. “I always feel uncomfortable when people compare Putin to a chess player. Because a game of chess is something that dictators don’t like because it’s a game played by the rules I have to give Putin credit for being a great geopolitical poker player,” Kasparov said.