It poisons society slowly but surely.
Garry Kasparov shared on Facebook:
'To update one of the most famous works of Russian and world literature, Dostoevsky's 'Crime and Punishment', in Putin's Russia we have crime without punishment and punishment without crime. When they try to apply these corrupt standards internationally, sometimes it works - thanks to appeasers and the many Western politicians and lobbyists on the Kremlin payroll - but often you end up with a situation like this. Then they read from the next page in the fascist handbook, crying victim and blaming 'enemies' instead of facing up to their own lawbreaking.
It is sad to see Russia's athletes suffer when many are innocent, but they are victims of Putin's lawlessness and impunity, as are all Russians other than his cronies. To Putin, and so also in his 24/7 propaganda, international laws and borders are irrelevant & Russia is always a victim. (Who can only be defended by the great and wise Putin, of course.) It poisons society slowly but surely. Of course, I'm not excusing cheaters! At the end of the day athletes have to be responsible. But it was and is systemic, and it is both symbolic and a symptom.'
Garry Kasparov is a 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. He announced his retirement from professional chess in 2005, after which he devoted his time to politics and writing. Kasparov blamed 'official obstruction' for the lack of available space. Although he is widely regarded in the West as a symbol of opposition to Putin, he was barred from the presidential ballot.The political climate in Russia reportedly makes it difficult for opposition candidates to organize. He is currently chairman for the Human Rights Foundation and chairs its International Council. In 2014 he obtained Croatian citizenship.