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President Vladimir Putin doesn’t need friends, he needs enemies – Kasparov

The Russian President Vladimir Putin no longer needs friends, he needs only enemies. This is the opinion of the Russian opposition leader and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
Garry Kasparov: President Vladimir Putin doesn't need friends

Kasparov believes that the Western countries seriously underestimate the Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is now no longer needs friends. As a dictator, he needs only enemies to enhance the image of Russia, surrounded on all sides, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Newsweek.

“Putin is an opportunist, not a strategist,” the opposition leader said. He also compared the Russian president to “a poker player who got dealt a lucky hand”.

Kasparov also added that he continued to consider Putin as the most dangerous man in the world, far more dangerous than the Islamic state. “In 2008 he could have left. He stayed. And now, as a dictator, he is trapped in power,” the politician said.

Talking about whether he was going to run for president in Russia, Kasparov said: “For me to return to Moscow and call the shots, many things would have to have changed. In 2007, you could go to jail for five days for protesting; now it’s five years. What I did was human rights activism. I saw it as my duty. If I could achieve something politically it would be once Putin is gone – perhaps.”

However, he said he did not fear for his safety because they did not drink “tea with certain people.”

“Well, I haven’t been back to Russia for two-and-a-half years. I live in New York. I avoid countries that have a reputation for danger… I have to travel to make speeches. I try not to drink tea with certain people,” he said.