Kas­parov stopped at Moscow air­port

Los Angeles Times - - The World -

Po­lice pre­vented chess cham­pion and op­po­si­tion leader Garry Kas­parov from board­ing a flight to the city of Samara, where he had planned to take part in a protest march co­in­cid­ing with a Rus­sia-Euro­pean Union sum­mit, an aide said.

Kas­parov said po­lice at Moscow’s Shereme­tyevo air­port took his pass­port and ticket.

“Po­lice at the air­port have sim­ply stolen our pass­ports,” he told Echo of Moscow ra­dio.

An­other op­po­si­tion leader, Ed­uard Li­monov, said he also was barred from the flight.

Kas­parov is a vo­cal critic of Pres­i­dent Vladimir V. Putin and leader of a move­ment that has helped or­ga­nize sev­eral protests.

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