Garry Kasparov and Eduard Limonov found themselves grounded in Moscow on Friday as they attempted to make their way to a “Dissenters’ March” in Samara.
Obviously the western media reported this as yet another egregious felony against democracy by Putin’s regime.
Less attention was paid to the extremely disagreeable character of Kasparov’s campaigning bedfellow.
Eduard Limonov is a neo Nazi demagogue, whose party the National Bolsheviks have been proscribed in Russia, but who propounded a bizarrely candid “red-brown” ideology of far right nationalism and authoritarian Soviet communism.
The one time pornographer’s activities have included an attempted “invasion” of Kazakhstan. There he hoped to set up a base where his dream of a Russian dominated Eurasia, stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans, could gestate.
Mr Kasparov takes the dictum “my enemy’s enemy is my friend” to disturbing new levels.