One of the best known faces of the Russian opposition, Garry Kasparov has told journalists that world leaders have let them down.
Speaking in Paris, the former chess champion said he expected more after the French president’s early remarks.
Nicolas Sarkozy initially accused Putin of a “brutal” use of Russia’s energy supplies. His tone softened considerably over the following weeks.
Kasparov said: “Whether its President Sarkozy or other leaders of the free world, we expect from all of them to state the obvious and to publicly, and let me emphasise publicly, and not between main course and dessert, publicy criticise Putin and Putin’s regime for violations of democracy and human rights.”
Kasparov is standing as a candidate in presidential elections in March.
But it’s an uphill battle for the opposition.
A planned march for the weekend has been denied permission by authorities in Moscow. Liberal opposition parties also complain about a lack of media access.