December 12th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

Russian billionaire to run against Putin

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov - the owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team and one of the world's richest men - said Monday that he will run for president of Russia next year.

Calling his decision to run for president "probably the most important decision of my life," he acknowledged the risks of challenging Russia's rulers.

"There is saying in Russia: Never say never, anyone can end up behind bars. But I am not afraid," he said in a press conference in Moscow.

Prokhorov, 45, is worth $18 billion, Forbes estimated in March, making him Russia's third richest man.

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  1. ohnoherewego

    For having $18 Billion he really has 0 (cents..or... sense)

    December 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. F1

    Wow he has 18 billion em i supposed to be impressed? How about giving most of that back to us american people? Anybody who runs for office is a criminal in one way or another

    December 13, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. PUTIN IS UNBEATABLE

    PUTIN IS THE LEADER EVERYONE ON EARTH WOULD WANT FOR A NATION!!!!
    NOTHING CAN STOP HIM FROM BEING PRESIDENT AND NOTHING WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    EVERYONE JUST LAUGHS AT THE "PROTESTERS" THAT PROTESTED AGAINST HIM!!!!!

    CAN'T U SEE IT AMERICANS? HE IS OUT OF EVERYBODY'S REACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
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