Former Russian chess champion and political dissident Garry Kasparov says the killing of his friend Boris Nemtsov outside the Kremlin will serve to bolster the repressive government of President Vladimir Putin.
Kremlin critic was not killed in a dark corner of the city, Kasparov said Sunday on "Meet the Press,"
but right outside the Kremlin.
"It sends chilling signals to everybody," Kasparov said. "It spreads fear and terror. That's why I expect the regime that will benefit from this murder."
Most dissidents have left Moscow, like he did two years ago, Kasparov said. After Nemtsov's death, he added, no one who is critical of Putin feels safe in the country.
His advice for President Barack Obama: "Stop pretending that you're dealing with another democratically elected leader. Stop trying to bring Putin to the negotiating table."
Putin's agenda is the opposite of that of the United States and Europe.
"Putin wants crisis," Kasparov said. "Crisis, wars, the lack of international security."
One of the first things to be done is to stop Putin's aggression against Ukraine, Kasparov said. "That's the best thing to be done to remember Boris Nemtsov."
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