World famous Russian chess champion and opposition leader Garry Kasparov has been a Twitter rampage recently against Russian President Vladimir Putin, including the latter's decisions concerning Turkey.
Kasparov criticized Putin's stance on the Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad and his slander that Turkey 'buys oil' from the Deash terrorist organization, claiming that it is Russia which makes profits working with Daesh and the Syrian regime. "…Assad and Putin do profitable business with ISIS. They don't care about Syria or Russia, only money and power to keep it," said Kasparov, using an alternative acronym for the militant group.
The prominent opposition figure in Russia has also slammed the Putin administration's decision to cease food imports from Turkey and ending visa-free travel with Turkey after the downing of a Russian fighter jet that violated Turkish airspace Nov. 24.
"Putin blocks Turkish imports and ends visa-free travel. As usual, it's his economic actions that hurt average Russians, not those of enemies," Kasparov tweeted on Nov. 27.
He also tweeted about the Moscow-imposed ban on tourist packages to Turkey, as well as the suspension of flights to Egypt: "If Egypt and Turkey are off the list, the foreign tourism market is nearly dead for most Russians."
Travel agencies in Russia have suspended the sale to Russian citizens of products proposing trips to Turkey. And, since a Russian airliner crashed shortly after taking off from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh two weeks ago, Moscow has cut off air links between the two countries.
Kasparov did not stop there. He later said that the Putin administration supported Bashar al-Assad to kill civilians in Syria.
"Putin helps Assad kill civilians and destroy all opposition except ISIS, with whom they are doing a nice oil business. Ally vs terror?!" he said.
"But is already proof that Assad and Putin do profitable business with ISIS. They don't care about Syria or Russia, only money and power to keep it," Kasparov remarked in his Twitter account on Monday.
"Syria barely exists now and Assad is a mass-murderer. He and Putin may deserve each other but the Syrian people don't," he had written on Nov. 24.
On Nov. 25, he tweeted, "10 years ago I said if you wanted to understand Putin's regime don't read political science, read Mario Puzo [author of The Godfather]. It's a mafia. Follow the money!"
Kasparov did not also hesitate to mention the annexation of Crimea by Russia: "Putin has lied -- blatantly, demonstrably -- about everything his military is doing from Crimea to Ukraine to Syria. Why believe him now?" he said.
When the Russian fighter jet was shot down by Turkey, Garry Kasparov tweeted on Nov. 24 despite the warnings, "Putin and his commanders tell their pilots to ignore NATO warnings, to test their resolve again. Playing with their lives to look tough."
In his book "Winter is Coming", originally published in October, Kasparov blamed the West and the U.S. government for being too soft on Putin.
In his book, Kasparov claims that Russia headed towards dictatorship from democracy.
After the Soviet Union's security agency KGB's ex-lieutenant colonel Vladimir Putin became Russian president in 1999, Kasparov states, the western countries and the U.S. did nothing to prevent Putin from becoming a dictator and subsequently an international threat.