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. Andreas Moser

    Somebody has to do it.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    This man has just killed himself.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Bye-bye billions.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Avser Bastian

    NOT LIABILITIES OR DISCRIMINATION, BUT INSTEAD ASSASSINATIONS !!! http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/ FIND OUT TRUTH BEHIND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, UNITED NATIONS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS NEW WORLD ORDER(MULTICULTURALISM = TERRORISM) GOVERNMENTS !!! NOT THERE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, BUT TO DENY YOUR RIGHT TO EXISTENCE !!! 66 YEARS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE !!! STOP THE ANIMAL APARTHEID NOW !!!

    NOT LIABILITIES OR DISCRIMINATION, BUT INSTEAD ASSASSINATIONS !!! http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/ FIND OUT TRUTH BEHIND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, UNITED NATIONS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS NEW WORLD ORDER(MULTICULTURALISM = TERRORISM) GOVERNMENTS !!! NOT THERE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, BUT TO DENY YOUR RIGHT TO EXISTENCE !!! 66 YEARS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE !!! STOP THE ANIMAL APARTHEID NOW !!!

    December 12, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Sooo....you're selling what now?

      December 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • what?money!

      youre spot on

      December 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/gentlemans-agreement/

    December 12, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gurgi

    He may be the third richest man in Russia, but Putin is the first two all by himself. Unless he will be Putin's puppet he either won't win, will wind up in jail, or will be killed in an "accident" of some sort.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tony

    Russian election results: Putin 2......Prokhorov 0. And that's no joke.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Next headlines :
    Russian billionaire who had the audacity to run angainst Putin found dead.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    "Mother Russia Receives Billions In Man's Will"

    December 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Putin :
    I will be president again. I don't care who I have to make disappear to do it. Remember, I was head of KGB and I can make it happen.

    I believe this guy still hungers for the glory days of the USSR.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO

    I grew up in the cold war. I still find the whole concept of a Russian billionaire really strange.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. In Soviet Russia

    presidents assassinate billionaires.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @bobcat (iah)
    There were glory days? O.o

    December 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    The whole "Putin take" y'all are presenting is pretty entertertaining, in a dark comedy fashion! I'm finding a darker comedy underneath! Billionaires are taking over the world y'all! We certainly have Our share of millionaires buying their ways into a government position! Because make no mistake, they are for sale to the highest or most sneaky bidder! Blago just got caught! This is why OWS is worldwide! The widening gap between rich & poor is happening everywhere & huge corperations have monopoly on $, jobs, our supposed representatives, the very landscape of the global economy! As we know it's been looking pretty bleak for a while! I hope some working class Russian w/the backing of the people, runs against both of these "posers!" He may not make it out alive but at least some1 dared to make a stand! Come on Russian citens, unite against plutocracy!!

    December 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. what?money!

    humanmankind doesnt have a chance the worlds a sespit o0f hooligans and the peole that blog here instead of getting involved are worthless

    December 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
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