Sports Now

Sports news from Los Angeles and beyond

« Previous Post | Sports Now Home | Next Post »

N.J. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov to run for president of Russia

Fabforum

Mikhail Prokhorov, the billionaire owner of the New Jersey Nets, said Monday that he will run for president of Russia against Vladimir Putin. Elections will be held in March.

Prokhorov said he is running because "society is waking up…. Those authorities who will fail to establish a dialogue with the society will have to go."

Prokhorov was head of Just Cause, a Kremlin-sanctioned liberal party, until September, when he was forced out. Afterward, Prokhorov accused top Kremlin official Vladislav Surkov of being a “puppeteer” and the Kremlin of orchestrating his departure.

"I can solve that problem by becoming his boss," Prokhorov said Monday of Surkov.

Prokhorov has to get 2 million signatures to get on the ballot.

"For the last  2 1/2 months we sat and worked, very calmly and quietly, and we created all the infrastructure to collect 2 million signatures,” he said.

An NBA official told MarketWatch.com that the league would not be opposed to Prokhorov's becoming president of Russia and owning an NBA team.

RELATED:

Lakers trade Lamar Odom to Mavericks

Which team will get Dwight Howard?

Clippers unlikely to land Chris Paul

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Is this the next president of Russia? Credit: Mike Stobe / Getty Images.

 

 

 

 
Comments  ()

Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video


About the Reporters
Sports Now is written by the entire Sports department of the L.A. Times.



Tweets and retweets from L.A. Times staff writers.

Categories


Archives
 


Bleacher Report | Los Angeles

Reader contributions from Times partner Bleacher Report

More on Bleacher Report »




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: