Mikhail Prokhorov, the owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team and one of Russia's richest tycoons, said Monday he will run against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the March presidential election.
The colorful Prokhorov, who has a net worth estimated at $18 billion according to a report by NBC New York, could pose a serious challenge to Putin, whose authority has been dented by alleged widespread fraud during Russia's Dec. 4 parliamentary election...
Prokhorov's presidential bid follows his botched performance in the parliamentary race, when he formed a liberal party under tacit support of the Kremlin, then abandoned the project under what he called Kremlin pressure.
He has personally blamed Vladislav Surkov, a presidential deputy chief of staff, for staging a mutiny within the party's ranks. "I will solve that problem by becoming his boss," Prokhorov said Monday when he was asked whether Surkov could pose obstacles to his presidential bid.
Prokhorov is a badass. "I will solve that problem by becoming his boss." That's pretty much the best way to solve anything.
Prok is a snug thug.