Chess Legend Garry Kasparov Granted Croatian Citizenship

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Bulgaria: Chess Legend Garry Kasparov Granted Croatian Citizenship Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion and political activist, photo by EPA/BGNES

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov has been granted Croatian citizenship.

According to reports of the Macedonian Information Agency (MIA), as cited by, Kasparov became Croatian citizen on Tuesday.

Kasparov, a Russian citizen, was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1963.

He has been a vocal critic of the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kasparov often spends summers in the Dalmatian town of Makarska, located 60km southeast of Split and 140 km northwest of Dubrovnik, and has a good understanding of the Serbo-Croatian language.

In November 2013, Kasparov applied for Latvian citizenship in order to be able to pursue his political activities in Russia freely.

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