Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič interviews Garry Kasparov in New York.
Mr. Kasparov, you live in New York, in what you once described as a “self-imposed exile”. Do you think of yourself as an émigré?
I’m not sure if my exile is self-imposed, since staying in Russia would have been … not safe, to use a euphemism. This was not my first choice: it was a forced decision. However, my situation is clearly different from old-style émigrés. I can follow what is happening back home, I talk to my mother and friends via Skype, but I have no physical opportunity to go back. To be exact: I can go back, but I might as well buy a one-way ticket, since I would most probably not be able to return to New York.