Riot police beat and detained opposition leader Garry Kasparov Saturday as they took dozens of protesters into custody at a rally against President Vladimir Putin, his assistant said.
The former chess champion was forced to the ground and beaten, his assistant Marina Litvinovich said in a telephone interview from outside the police station where Kasparov was held.
He was later taken to a city court, where he was charged with organizing an unsanctioned protest and resisting arrest. The court proceedings were continuing Saturday evening and it was unclear whether Kasparov would be released.
I put this news underneath Kasparov's appearance on the Colbert Report. I was so impressed with the way Kasparov played Colbert's false bravado that I actually bought his book (it's pretty good, though not terribly surprising). Though, when I read of Kasparov's detention, I recalled this line from Colbert.
It's a dangerous game ... In chess there are rules. In Russian politics there are no rules.
Kasparov did really well against Colbert, but you could just hear his pessimism about the larger game he was playing.