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Kasparov Warns Low Oil Prices Making Putin’s Russia More Aggressive

Garry Kasparov is one of the greatest chess players in history. But for more than a decade, he’s been playing a much different, and potentially deadlier, game: Russian politics. He’s now in self-imposed exile after years as one of Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critics. Kasparov is now chairman of the nonprofit Human Rights Foundation, based […]

Photo: Andrew Schneider, Houston Public Media

Garry Kasparov is one of the greatest chess players in history. But for more than a decade, he's been playing a much different, and potentially deadlier, game: Russian politics.

He's now in self-imposed exile after years as one of Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics. Kasparov is now chairman of the nonprofit Human Rights Foundation, based in New York. He addressed the World Affairs Council Houston Wednesday evening, discussing his new book, "Winter is Coming: Putin, Russia, and the Free World."

We hear an extended conversation News 88.7's Andrew Schneider had with Kasparov before the event.

(Above: Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion and chairman, spoke in Houston on behalf of Human Rights Foundation. Photo: Andrew Schneider, Houston Public Media)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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