Shocker: Prokhorov Not Thrilled By Comparisons To A Criminal
3:14 pm, September 9th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Aside from sharing a first name, Mikhail Prokhorov says he has little in common with jailed former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was once the richest man in Russia. Prokhorov, the billionaire Nets owner trying to take the Russian political system by storm, doesn’t think his political ambitions will cause him the same fate that those of Khodorkovsky did. It’s a bold statement to make.
Many argue that once Khodorkovsky expressed political ambitions that would challenge Vladimir Putin, he was doomed. He was arrested and sent to jail on fraud charges that he contends he still doesn’t understand, and was later sentenced again to even more jail time. We’ve leave the debate as to whether he’s guilty or not for another time and place — for now, what you need to know is that Prokhorov doesn’t fear that his Putin-challenging political ambitions will have him end up in jail.
“I publicly quit business and headed a political party. I did this according to Russian law. I have not done anything that is forbidden. If Khodorkovsky had acted in the same way, the outcome would have been different…It’s not possible to engage in politics while you are the head of a large company.”
Interesting. Do you think Prokhorov is just playing the political game? By saying Khodorkovsky deserves to be in jail, he’s making it look like he plays by the rules legally, and is at the same time being sure to not criticize Putin too strongly.