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Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “demented dictator” and said he longed for the end of his regime, telling the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
“I hope this will lead to the collapse of his regime. Not even in my most extreme dreams could I have imagined such a wave of solidarity in a day or two,” Kasparov said.
Kasparov, world champion from 1985 to 2000, has always been one of Putin’s harshest critics inside Russia.
“I am constantly asked what should happen—should millions of people gather to protest in Red Square? Will there be a coup? Will the oligarchs react?” said Kasparov.
“It’s a mixture of everything. When dictatorships end, no one can predict who will make the end of the move,” Kasparov added.
Kasparov argues that after 22 years in power and with no one to question him in his close circle, Putin has lost his sense of reality and lives in a bubble.
“We know that he trusts few people, that he doesn’t consult the internet. Can someone like that have a notion of reality?” he wonders.
The risk is that Putin, according to Kasparov, has the resources to end life on the planet.
“The dictatorship of one man in Russia is the biggest threat to humanity,” Kasparov concluded.