Garri Kasparov, who did not return to Russia after the Russian government had harshly taken action against the opposition, was granted Croatian citizenship yesterday. Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic personally consigned the official documents.
Garri Kasparov has fought as an opposition politician against Vladimir Putin for many years and has advocated freedom of speech and democracy. Temporarily, he had been imprisoned or his engagement, bribed ‘students’ attacked him during one of his election advertisements, and he was charged for supposed bodily harm of a policeman during a mass demonstration.
In June 2013, after the Russian government had again taken extreme action against demonstrators and opposition politicians, Kasparov feared to be arrested again and therefore never returned to Russia from his stay abroad.
In the meantime, Kasparov had applied for Croatian citizenship that was finally given to him on February 27th. Due to this occasion, he was invited by Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic to pay his premises a visit. Croatia thanked the former Chess World Champion for the support of 1991’s independence movement by granting him the country citizenship. Kasparov bought a small house close to the seaside city Makarska and has been in close relationship with the country ever since.