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Vladimir Putin

Kasparov, Garry

Some introductory remarks about the speaker, and his talent for playing chess. His retirement as a professional chessplayer. The pro-democracy movement against the increasingly authoritarian regime of President Vladimir Putin, and the speaker's role in that movement. The speaker's job as one of moderator and organizer for a coaition of opposition groups called "The Other Russia." Being a political activist in Russia today. The speaker's personal impetus behind his decision to enter politics. Looking back through history at some salient moments. The need for fresh ideas following the Cold War. New organizations based on new global dividing lines of the value of human life and democracy. The need for a new consensus based on common morality and common goals. The need for new frameworks. The need to recognize our enemies and their weapons. Putin's Russia as a key player in the "oily" political field. Seeing the bigger picture - and the connections - with example. Globalization and what it means. Russia as a leading example of a slide into the past - with explication. The glimmer of democracy extinguished in Russia. Who is in charge of the business environment in Russia and how well they have succeeded in their intimidation campaign. Putin's assault on democracy as a logical progression from Boris Yeltsin days. How the modern Putin style of totalitarian oppression is different. Recalling the situation in 1991 and recent events. Putin's strategy with the West. The speaker's experience in a KGB interrogation room in April. Response to peaceful marches. Putin's popularity I the western media. Current propoganda. Only a small minority of Russians enjoying the benefits of the energy boom and how and why this is so. Russia today as a police state masquerading as a democracy. A request that the leaders of the free world stop providing Putin with democratic credentials. The fight ahead. Raising voices.

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