WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 25: Garry Kasparov, chess grandmaster and a member of the Russian opposition political party, delivers closing keynote remarks at the Heritage Foundation's conference on the Russian Reset October 25, 2011 in Washington DC. Kasparov and other opposition leaders have called for a boycott of the December 4 Russian election, calling them "illegitimate" in a statement blasting current President Dmitry Medvedev's announcement last month that he would not run for a second term so that Prime Minister, and former President Vladimir Putin could reclaim the presidency.   Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

WORLD NEWS | Tue Oct 11, 2016 | 8:44pm IST
Chess master Garry Kasparov wins human rights case against Russia

Chess master Garry Kasparov on Tuesday won a case against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights for unlawful arrest and violation of his right to attend a rally he missed as a result of his detention.

The complaint by the former world champion and political activist, a Russian national who lives in the United States, dates back to 2007, when Russian authorities confiscated his ticket and passport and detained him at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow.

The detention prevented him from attending an opposition political rally scheduled to be held at an EU-Russia summit in Samara.

According to a court statement, the 53 year-old Kasparov was questioned for five hours over whether his ticket had been forged.

“While the authorities claimed they had been investigating Mr Kasparov for committing the crime of forgery, there was no evidence that any forgery had taken place, let alone that the authorities had a reasonable suspicion that he had committed that offence,” the court statement said.

(Reporting by Gilbert Reilhac; writing by Andrew Callus; editing by John Irish)

Source: http://in.reuters.com

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