Kasparov Wants Snub for Medvedev

Former world chess champion and opposition leader Garry Kasparov on Tuesday said Western nations should snub First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev following his likely victory in Sunday's presidential election.

Kasparov told reporters that he planned to boycott the election, which Medvedev -- President Vladimir Putin's preferred successor -- is expected to win in a landslide.

But Kasparov said his Other Russia coalition was planning to go ahead with a Dissenters' March in Moscow on Monday to protest what he called a "quasi-democracy," despite the fact that City Hall had not granted permission for a march.

City Hall turned down the coalition's request for permission to hold the march, saying the pro-Kremlin youth group Young Russia had asked for permission earlier, Kasparov said, Interfax reported.

AP, MT