The biggest threat to the Nets long-term success is less likely to be from Miami than from Moscow... and Vladimir Putin.
In an interview with the New York Times, Mikhail Prokhorov admits that his political ambitions could lead to his arrest and imprisonment.
"In Russia, nobody is guaranteed against becoming a beggar or a prisoner," he said, in an interview aboard the Gulfstream as he headed to a campaign event for his Civic Platform party, a party he hopes can become a viable alternative to Putin, the Russian president.
As the Times' Andrew Kramer writes, Prokhorov's candidates in municipal elections next month are being arrested and investigated. No one seems to know where the line is.
"Mostly his role in politics seems to define the line, some invisible, shifting isocline of permissibility, of what will be allowed of independent political figures here today. It has not been encouraging."
Prokhorov doesn't seem particularly worried, suggesting that Russia isn't monolithic and that he is finding faults he can take advantage of. But he has already paid a price. He has to repatriate his assets, that is shifting ownership from the U.S. and other countries back to Russia. That of course makes them --and him-- more vulnerable.
- Political Endurance Test for Russian Billionaire - Andrew Kramer - New York Times