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Mikhail Prokhorov turns down reputed fascist's request to take part in Ice Bucket Challenge

Bruce Bennett

When Vladimir Putin declined to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (not presidential), one of his rivals in the 2012 presidential election, Vladimir Zhirinovsky of the Liberal Democratic Party did and in the tradition of the event, challenged the three other presidential candidates to do the same ... including Mikhail Prokhorov.

Zhirinovsky ran on the Liberal Democratic Party line in 2012. Problem is that it is neither liberal nor democratic.  He has been accused of being anti-Semitic (although he is himself part Jewish). In 1992, during a visit to the US, Zhirinovsky called on television "for the preservation of the white race" and warned that the white Americans were in danger of turning their country over to black and Hispanic people. In other speeches, he's also called for the re-annexation of Alaska and suggested the population of Ukraine be forcibly sent there.

Maybe that's why Mikhail Prokhorov declined Zhirinovsky's challenge. Or maybe he doesn't like getting wet. In any event, he responded Tuesday on his Live Journal.

In response to the call of Vladimir Zhirinovsky take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge I want to remind him of the words of Scripture.

In the Gospel of Matthew (Ch. 6, art. 2-4) said:

"See that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward from your Father in heaven.

"So, when you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, to be honored by men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

"Do you, when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what your right hand does,
That thine alms may be in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. "

As noted here, many of his employees, including Billy King and Brett Yormark, have taken the challenge and gotten doused. It would be interesting to see how Prokhorov would react to a challenge from someone less odious.