Garry Kasparov detained and beaten up at the sentencing of punk band Pussy Riot


Chess Grandmaster and opposition leader in Russia, Garry Kasparov was beaten harshly by the Moscow Police and had to spent 5 hours in jail for attending the sentencing of anti-Putin band Pussy Riot.

Kasparov was hit in the genitals, thrown into the van and endure beating from numerous policemen. Moscow Police, on the other hand, says that they manhandled Kasparov for biting one of the officers, something that is rejected by Kasparov to have been done by him.

In the interview given to the Daily Beast after being arrested, Kasparov said, “They act like animals and they accuse me of biting them,” and “Can you imagine what it means to bite someone when you are being beaten? There should be blood on my face. It is beyond any common sense.”

Pussy Riot is sentenced for 2 year jail term for singing a political satire in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. All these developments took place even after artists from global community like Paul McCartney, Madonna have been constantly asking the Kremlin to drop the charges on the band.

Kasparov said that he went to show his support for the band by going to their sentencing where activists were already present to protest the decision. According to Kasparov he was giving interviews in a safe area outside the court reserved for journalists and was answering their questions. Kasparov said that he was taken into custody by some policemen as soon as he left the safe area with a journalist for the courtroom.

Kasparov said “At first I asked, ‘Why are you doing this?’” “Then I became annoyed. I said I want to get out of here.” Police started hitting Kasparov after this interaction, he said “I remember one strong hit between the legs, then they tried to bring me in the bus, and they started carrying me and beating me. When that happens, you resist,” “They were trying to break my leg.”

Kasparov told that he is going to press charges against the police and will collect the footage of his beating to prove his point in the court.

Source: The Daily Beast

Photo credit: Andrey Smirnov, AFP/ Getty Images

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