Solidarity Holds Official Kick-Off

KHIMKI, Moscow Region -- Garry Kasparov and other prominent liberals launched a new anti-Kremlin movement Saturday.

The organization, called Solidarity, aims to unite the country's liberal forces and encourage a popular revolution similar to those in other ex-Soviet countries.

"We are fighting for victory because we have something to say to our people and something to offer them," Kasparov said at the founding congress Saturday in a Moscow-region hotel. "On this very day, we are in a position to take stock of past mistakes and act differently."

Much of the public has lost faith in liberal democracy, which remains associated with the chaos, poverty and corruption that emerged in Russia in the 1990s.

"One of the tasks of the Solidarity movement is to rehabilitate those basic principles that, unfortunately, for a significant or even overwhelming portion of our fellow citizens, have become associated with failure, misery or reduction of freedom," Kasparov said.