According to Politico, Garry Kasparov decried the rise of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as the United States' own version of 'Putinism.'
Trump's so-called 'America First' foreign policy, in Kasparov's view, would be a disaster and only embolden Putin.
He shared on Facebook:
'I'm against Putin in Russia—and also against Putinism in America! An article about my remarks at the Aspen Institute with Walter Isaacson on Wednesday. Good discussion, good questions. I'm glad I had a chance to respond to what I call a 'what now, now, now?' question, regarding Syria in this case. Waiting until the house is on fire and half burnt to the ground, then asking 'what now?' as if there's a solution, is worthless and a distraction. What to do now to deter next year, to improve security and to build democracy for five, ten, twenty years from now?'
He stressed: 'We must think strategically, for the long-term, instead of continuing to do nothing and to only act desperately, tactically, and badly.'
Garry Kasparov is a Russian chess Grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, writer, and political activist, considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time.
Kasparov described Republican front-runner Donald Trump as 'a celebrity showman with racist leanings and authoritarian tendencies', and criticised Trump for calling for closer ties with Vladimir Putin. He has also criticised the economic policies of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, while still respecting him as 'a charismatic speaker and a passionate believer in his cause.'