06.25.11

Believe It Or Not, Prokhorov Might Have Bigger Fish To Fry Than Retaining Deron Williams

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(a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. And on the left, Mikhail Prokhorov)

Business Insider’s Julie Zevelov delivers yet another blow to the wild-and-crazy-guy image cultivated by Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, writing that with the billionaire’s ascension to the top of Russia’s Right Cause party, he’s “already speaking out on behalf of fellow oligarchs who are in jail.”

Prokhorov vowed to overtake the Communist party as the no. 2 party in Russia and to support the reelection of President Dmitry Medvedev for a second term in 2012.

And he wasted no time taking a political stance on ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev, who have been in Russian jails since 2003 for reportedly stealing crude oil from Yukos Oil, then Russia’s largest oil exporter.

“I personally believe that there is no reason for Khodorkovsky and Lebedev to stay in prison,” Prokhorov said, according to RIA Novosti. “They should exercise this right [on parole].”

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