Excerpted from The India Times:
Chess legend-turned-fierce Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov led the opening today of an opposition alternative parliament aimed at "restoration of democracy" in Russia.
About 500 Kremlin opponents ranging from liberals and human rights activists to Communists joined Kasparov in central Moscow for the self-styled "national assembly".
It was the latest attempt by Kasparov to unite Russia's weakened and often bickering opposition against former president, now Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his successor President Dmitry Medvedev.
A founding charter called for "restoration of democracy and popular government in Russia" and blamed the authorities for "taking the country to the brink of national disaster."
The session was marked by strong emotions, as well as farce.
As a side note, there is an excellent documentary that came out in 2003 about his legendary bout with the IBM Supercomputer Deep Blue called "Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine."