I think Garry's problem is that he has an inflated opinion of what his name brings to the cause. If he were still world champion and banging out impressive tournament wins like he used to, I think adding his name to a cause would carry more weight. More people would listen to his pulpit and be offended at his 'roughing up'. However, in his current retired state there are a great many people that no longer view him as relevant. Now it is easier to manipulate the way he appears in the media. Garry just does not carry the same influence any more, and now it is easier to just remove him and shut him up.
It is tragic that he was beaten. Although, the video hardly shows him being 'beaten'. I only saw the video Inky posted and it just generally shows the police picking him up and placing him in the bus. If he was 'beaten' it probably happened in there behind the curtains.
Hopefully he can learn from this and have someone else who is far more objective help him truly assess his impact on the political scene in Russia. It's sad that he can't show up and do some interviews without being hustled away, however, I think he forgets where he is. He understands he is an irritant to Putin and is probably a low level marked man.
Bottom line is his quarrel with Putin is not unlike an Ant's quarrel with a boot. Sadly, if he truly wants to be relevant again and have his voice heard and more respected, he is going to need to return to the top of the chess world (if he can) where he could once again garnish the command and respect of larger audiences.
Going forward he needs to be a lot smarter about how he can help his cause. Unless he does, the best he can hope for is being a martyr, which usually doesn't work out too well for the martyr.
** Update. I went to Kasparov's Facebook page and there is a video there where Kasparov appears to work his way out of the bus, only to be roughly thrown back in. WOW.
Edited by ChessOutpost.com (08/18/12 06:38 PM)
If I hung a rook, and my opponent did not see it, did I really hang a rook?