Early in the month of March Tom Ashcroft, host of On Point Radio, had a discussion with Russian political activist, and world chess champion Garry Kasparov about Russia, Ukraine and going after Vladimir Putin’s oligarchs. Mr. Kasparov is considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time and is considering running for President of Russia.
Kasparov's main strategy is go after the assets of the Russian Oligarchs and they will take care of Putin. He acknowledges that Putin will retaliate and the west will feel pain, however he suggests that if nothing is done the pain from dealing with Putin later will be even greater. His is a three step solution.
- Go after the assets of the Russian oligarchs. Don't go after all of them and those remaining will take care of Putin out of fear of losing their wealth.
- Go after the assets of state owned companies.
- This Mr. Kasarov's "nuclear solution" is to go after Russia's state owned assets, many of which are held in New York Banks.
Kasparov says Putin is a master of political poker.in which he keeps raising the stakes until everyone else drops out. There will be costs to the western world but the sooner it takes action the lower will be the cost.