Garry Kasparov: Cut Off the Russian Oligarchs and They’ll Dump Putin (WSJ)

Garry Kasparov: Cut Off the Russian Oligarchs and They’ll Dump Putin (WSJ)

Target their assets abroad, their mansions and IPOs in London, their yachts. Use banks, not tanks.

Source: The Wall Street Journal (

By: Garry Kasparov
Updated March 7, 2014 10:18 a.m. ET

For the second time in six years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops across an internationally recognized border to occupy territory. This fact must be stated plainly before any discussion of motives or consequences. Russian troops have taken Crimea and they are not leaving, despite the Ukrainian government’s protests. Five hundred kilometers southeast across the Black Sea, Russian soldiers still occupy parts of Georgia—South Ossetia and Abkhazia—where they have been since Mr. Putin’s 2008 invasion and de facto annexation.

Mr. Putin belongs to an exclusive club, along with Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Miloševic, as one of the very few leaders to invade a neighboring nation in the nuclear age. Such raw expansionist aggression has been out of fashion since the time of Adolf Hitler, who eventually failed, and Joseph Stalin, who succeeded. Stalin’s Red Army had its share of battlefield glory, but his real triumph came at the Yalta Conference in February 1945, three months before the end of the war in Europe. There Stalin bullied a feeble Franklin Roosevelt and a powerless Winston Churchill, redrawing the Polish borders and promising elections in Poland when he knew that the Communist government the Soviets were installing was there to stay.

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1 Response to Garry Kasparov: Cut Off the Russian Oligarchs and They’ll Dump Putin (WSJ)

  1. here says:

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling on rebels in eastern Ukraine to stop advancing, is akin to General Eisenhower asking General Patton to stop advancing.

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