Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 9:53 am  |  20 responses

Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Wants to Become Russia’s President

Clearly, owning the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets isn’t fulfilling enough an occupation for Mikhail Prokhorov, who intends to run for the highest office in his homeland of Russia. From the AP: “Mikhail Prokhorov, one of Russia’s richest tycoons and the owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team, said Monday he will run against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the March presidential election. Prokhorov has been cautious not to cross Putin’s path in the past, but the billionaire may pose a serious challenge to Putin, whose authority has been dented by alleged widespread fraud during Russia’s Dec. 4 parliamentary election. Putin’s party only won about 50 percent of that vote, compared to 64 percent four years ago, and the fraud allegations have allowed opposition parties to successfully mount massive anti-Putin protests in Russia … ‘The society is waking up,’ Prokhorov said at his news conference in Moscow. He will have a good chance of appealing to Russia’s growing opposition, which includes prosperous middle-class residents, many of whom are angered by Putin’s bid to reclaim the presidency.”

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  • robb

    Кого это волнует?

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    That man has some ambitions..

  • YoLu

    One thing at a time Prokhorov… Dwight first, then we can worry about whether or not we run for president. Priorities, priorities.

  • add

    anyone who knows politics knows this is impossible

  • Stainless

    shoot for the stars

  • Canesta

    @add Remember, this is Russian politics, completely different than US…it isn’t impossible

  • EJ

    Putin was already elected years ago.

  • JD

    its a lot more easier in russia and the us for a rich man like prokhorov to be elected as president than in the UK…just saying, but still really want him to be elected now he’d be much more interesting than most politicians

  • larrylegend

    too tall, sorry^^

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Prokhorov as Russia’s president would be the best thing to happen in America.

  • bike

    Welcome to the New Jersey Nets halftime dancing bear and vodka show.

  • neaorin

    he has no chance – and not necessarily because of Putin. Business oligarchs aren’t viewed in a good light by the average Russian, who views them much like Americans view the “one-percenters” lately. Only worse because unlike most Americans, most Russians are actually poor.

  • ab40

    neaorin sounds like he knows what he’s talking about I don’t know about Putin in politics, I think he should stick to sports and business.

  • eZ

    Oooohh boyyy…gues the Nets will need a new owner soon after prok meets with an unfortunate and misterious accident.
    Putin is ex kgb corrupt and powerhungry. First he becomes president, then appoints his henchman to prime minister, after he has fulfilled the maximum presidential term, reelections and all, he swaps positions, makes this prime minister the president and he becomes…prime minister. And now, according to the rules he can run for president again so hes working his strings to assure his election, and guess who is already promised the position of prime minister?

  • http://slamonline.com jumpman22

    How much time will it take for NBA to block this one?

  • Marco

    lol ^^^

  • neaorin

    eZ: I am going with “Mikhail Prokhorov commmited suicide yerserday in his home by shooting himself in the back. Ten times”.

  • Canesta

    I’d take him over NObama…

  • add

    @canesta, putin has a iron grip when it comes to russian politics and is going to become president again and again. he basically does whatever he wants. when he became prime minister after being president he gave himself more power than the president current president medvedev who is putin’s puppet.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Hope his ex-Spetsnaz bodyguards get paid well, cause comrade is about to become target numero uno for the FSB.
    I smell another death by ‘accidental radiation poisoning’.