Garry Kasparov

Garry  Kasparov

Garry Kasparov is an outspoken advocate for human rights and democracy in Russia. Widely considered history’s greatest chess player, Kasparov retired from the sport in 2005, to devote his time to writing and human rights activism. An ardent critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Kasparov created the United Civil Front, a social movement with the mission of preventing Russia from returning to totalitarianism. He joined The Other Russia, a pro-democracy coalition opposing Putin, and was a candidate in the 2008 Russian presidential race. He is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and various other publications. He is currently chairman of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF). Kasparov is also a 2014 Templeton Leadership Fellow of the Atlas Network.