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Garry Kasparov Staying Abroad Over Russian Investigation Concerns

Garry Kasparov (center) being detained in August 2012 near Khamovnichesky court in Moscow, where he was protesting against the Pussy Riot verdict.
Russian opposition activist Garry Kasparov says he will stay out of Russia “for the time being” over concerns he could be a deprived of his freedom if he travels there.

In a recording posted on his website on June 5, the former world chess champion said he “might be part of this ongoing investigation of the activities of the political protesters.”

Kasparov made the remarks at a news conference in Geneva a day earlier.

In recent years, Kasparov has become an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin’s policies.

Last week, prominent economist Sergei Guriyev announced he would not return to Russia, fearing he could be arrested.

He said did not want to share the fates of other witnesses in investigations against former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who were later charged with crimes.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and RFE/RL