Mikhail Prokhorov is learning what other Russian business leaders with political ambitions have found out in the past: Don't fly too close to the flame of power or you'll get burned. Pravoe Delo, or Right Cause, ousted him as party leader Thursday, three months after he took over and promised it would challenge the Kremlin.
In response, he personally attacked the Kremlin's top ideologue, Vladislav Yuryevich Surkov, saying he stifled political debate in the country and pushed him out. "This is a puppeteer who has long ago privatised the political system, puts pressure on media and misinforms the country's leadership," Prokhorov said of Surkov, a top aide to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the architect of his "managed democracy".
Prokhorov suggested he might form a new party, although he said he would not put up candidates for Parliament in December. He may, however, run for President next March. He did say he would meet soon with Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev.
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