Russian billionaire on president ballot

2012-01-25 22:01

Moscow - Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has been registered as a presidential candidate and will be the only political newcomer in the race.

He joins Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and three veteran party leaders on the ballot for the March vote.

The Central Election Commission's decision on Wednesday to register Prokhorov came a day after it blocked the candidacy of an opposition leader.

Putin is seeking to return to the post he held from 2000 to 2008, and is all but certain to win.

Prokhorov's candidacy has been seen as an effort to channel discontent among Russia's urban middle class, the core of the anti-Putin protest movement.

Prokhorov insists he is acting independently, but he has refrained from criticising Putin directly and has said he would consider serving as his prime minister.

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-26 00:00

    Hope Russia manages to move on to prosper, despite the thieving oligarchs and corruption.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-26 05:31

    Wow, this guy is brave, He will probably end up in jail, for the next 50 years!!! Surely, they must already be cooking up a case against him, for corruption , or maybe for an unpaid parking ticket !!!!!1

  • Jaba - 2012-01-26 07:41

    I trust Mikhail Prokhorov will be in jail on corruption charges in a few days. Such is Russian democracy. (Like Mikhail Khodorkovsky: Putin is the dictator of the federation has been the last decade and will continue to be until he is ousted from power

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-26 09:06

    Russia has more millionaires per capita than any other country in the world, Who says crime doesn't pay?

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