[QODLink]
People & Power
Garry Kasparov
People & Power portrays a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president.
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2008 12:37 GMT

Kasparov: 'Democracy is no longer under threat; it
just doesn't exist, so we have to build it from scratch'

In the last couple of years, Vladimir Putin's respect for democratic rights has been broadly questioned throughout the foreign media.

Nonetheless the Russian president's vision of Russia is increasingly popular nationally and he has succeeded in keeping the criticisms at the door of Russia.

Among Putin's fiercest enemies is Garry Kasparov.

Today a political dissident protected 24-hours-a-day by bodyguards, Garry Kasparov used to be considered one of the world's greatest chess players.

In 1984, when he was only 22, he became the game's youngest world champion and a hero of the former Soviet Union. 

Russia's next presidential elections will take
place in March 2008

He retired in 2005 to devote his time to politics and to challenging the authority in Russia of the man he calls a dictator and a censor.

In September 2007, Kasparov entered the presidential race but was forced to renounce in December after the authorities banned his supporters from nominating him.

As an independent candidate, Kasparov needed 500 people to meet formally to vote on the nomination.

A few months ago, People & Power followed Garry Kasparov in his presidential campaign, meeting his opponents and his friends.

Watch part one of this episode of People & Power on Youtube

Watch part two of this episode of People & Power on Youtube

This episode of People & Power airs from  Sunday, December 16, at the following times:

Sunday: 14:30 GMT

Monday (repeat): 01:30 and 13.30
Tuesday (repeat): 06:30 and 20.30


To contact us click on 'Send your feedback' at the top of the page

Watch Al Jazeera English programmes on YouTube

Join our debates on the Your Views page

Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
Featured
Booming global trade in 50-million-year-old amber stones is lucrative, controversial, and extremely dangerous.
Legendary Native-American High Bird was trained in ancient warrior traditions, which he employed in World War II.
Hounded opposition figure says he's hoping for the best at sodomy appeal but prepared to return to prison.
Fears of rising Islamophobia and racial profiling after two soldiers killed in separate incidents.
Group's culture of summary justice is back in Northern Ireland's spotlight after new sexual assault accusations.