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At Valdai Kasparov breakfast awaits difficult: you can not keep silent, say nothing

July 29 2008

Garry Kasparov will join the higher spheres. Last week, the main non-systemic opposition of the country with the site's own behalf said that he accepted an invitation to RIA Novosti, and will participate in the Valdai Club, which will be held from 8 to 12 September in southern Russia.

Valdai Club was established in 2004 under the auspices of the RIA Novosti, the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, and a number of publications, and has established itself as a status area in which Western political scientists and journalists may meet with the Russian political elite. That the meetings of the Valdai Club, talking with journalists, Mr Putin last year made a number of crucial statements - that he has no plans to rewrite the Constitution, and that will retain political influence in Russia after 2008. In his paper "Valdai" this year are expected to attend the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev.

Joy of Garry Kasparov, an invitation to such a high-level meeting "at the top, clear. For the sake of participating in the Valdai was temporarily forgotten even the basic attitude of "non-system" of the opposition - never and will never cooperate and not to meet with the government. Soon, however, revealed that the joy of the opposition is not entirely justified: Harry Kimovich to forum itself will not attend. Invite a chess champion, is directed only at a press breakfast (only about an hour on time), to be held in Moscow on the penultimate day of the club when its main participants will return to the meeting in southern Russia, and will be ready to go home.

In the practice of arranging meetings Valdai Club 'long-standing tradition according to which foreign visitors - Sovietologists, political scientists and journalists - themselves provide an indicative list of persons with whom would like to meet. In 2008 this list was included, and Garry Kasparov. Foreigners are willing to have breakfast with "the main opposition" of the country in passing examining it for ideology. Organizers did not find reasons to deny them this small, though somewhat strange request.

Guests "Valdai" could be understood, while Kasparov behind the Iron Curtain, without a passport, the possibility to leave the country to express their point of view. Meanwhile, on the Internet resource Kasparov in a note devoted to Valdai, said: "Before this, June 3, Garry Kasparov spoke at the then held in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, World Editors Forum on" Mythology of the Putin regime. " Attention of the Western press as a chess champion, too, though he had not cheated, but his point of view for the last couple are not announced except that the most indolent edition.

It is unlikely that foreign political analysts seriously expect to hear from Harry Kimovich something new, we are talking probably about another demonstration démarche: "Show us your opposition!" The Russian side to present the leader of the FMG was not difficult, the budget of the eaten them for an hour press -breakfast muffins are not poorer. That's only to realize themselves whether Western political scientists, in a difficult situation they drove opposition?

A status meeting, and remains firmly on her mantra of "censorship", "preventing the opposition to the media, etc., sitting in the capital over breakfast with representatives of leading Western publications at a meeting organized by the Russian authorities will be just plain stupid. Foreigners can, and the health of his guests to think about. But here's the problem - the other arguments, ideas and appeals to non-systemic opposition during its existence and has not developed. But what can I say, the program "United Civil Front, has set an overall objective - the creation of the" Other Russia ". The program "The Other Russia" for two years as written (and is already the "Other Russia" is long gone), but the work has already entered the program "National Assembly". Most needed, by the way, a thing for "protoparlamenta.

more all of this leader UCF, "Another Russia", "National Assembly", "2008 Committee" and "All-Russian Civil Congress" (as though until all) Garry Kasparov speaking, of course, will not. But there remains the serious question - what did he say? It is clear that Western publications will still write in accordance with the settings of their editorial policy, but at least for appearance's sake, then the conversation will have to support?

Константин Дятлов

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