NEW YORK - MAY 19: New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Communication Director Ellen Pinchuk addess the media during a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Mikhail Prokhorov again said he'll sell all his assets, presumably including the Nets, and donate almost all the proceeds to charity if elected president of Russia. Prokhorov said he'd retain $1 billion. "I’ll need something to live on," he explained.
His chances are still limited. While his poll numbers have doubled recently, he's still the favorite of only five percent of the Russian electorate. Vladimir Putin leads with 46 percent.
Prokhorov said his goal is to make the runoff. If Putin fails to get 50 percent of the vote on March 4, he will face the next highest vote-getter in a runoff on March 25. Right now, it looks like that second place finisher will be Gennady Zyuganov, head of the Communists. Meanwhile, a informal poll of latte-sippers at Koffein, a Russian coffee chain, shows Prokhorov the favorite. Communists apparently are not big latte drinkers.
- Prokhorov Plans $17 Billion Charity Giveaway If He Beats Putin - Jake Rudnitsky & Ilya Arkhipov - Business Week
- Prokhorov Winning in Coffee Chain Latte Election - Moscow Times
Low-key Prokhorov takes to Russian stump - Will Englund - Washington Post