Former chess world champion Garry Kasparov was elected on Sunday to run for Presidency on behalf of the Opposition movement “Other Russia” in the 2008 elections, Reuters informs.

Party’s spokesperson, Lyudmila Mamina declared that Kasparov was elected with 379 votes of the 494 gathered in Moscow.

His counter-candidates were, among others, former PM Mikhail Kasyanov and former Central Bank’s president, Viktor Gerashchenko. President Vladimir Putin is also expected to announce his own preference for the job.

Garry Kasparov, 44, promises to get rid of Putin’s "dictatorship" and the economic oligarchy in case he is elected.