Friday, September 16, 2011

Russian Tycoon Attacks Kremlin “Puppeteer”

Mikhail Prokhorov, the billionaire leader of Russia’s liberal Right Cause party launched an unprecedented attack on the Kremlin after he was expelled from the party, allegedly as a result of a Kremlin-inspired “raiders’ attack.” Prokhorov called Vladislav Surkov, the Kremlin’s chief of domestic political operations, a “puppeteer” who stifles political debate, and vowed to have Surkov sacked. Prokhorov asked for the return of the 500m roubles ($18m) he said he had invested in the party. “I want to give it to the people,” he said. Right Cause was created in 2009 as a pro-Kremlin party declaring liberal views, and Prokhorov was proposed to head it and was elected its leader in June. (video)

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