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Billionaire Prokhorov announces plans of setting up party

June 04, 2012, 19:20 UTC+3

According to Prokhorov, “this will be a very specific party”

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MOSCOW, June 4 (Itar-Tass) — Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov announced on Monday plans to set up a principally new party, which he himself will not join. “We announce that we begin registration of a new political force, the Civil Platform Party,” he said at a news conference.

According to Prokhorov, “this will be a very specific party”. He explained that it will have only 500 members whose task will be to ‘hold the license’. Most likely these will be professional lawyers and specialists delegated by leaders of regional agencies that emerged spontaneously, including during the presidential election campaign of Prokhorov. The business tycoon, who came third in the presidential race, reminded the audience that about six million people had supported him.

“Professional lawyers will be delegated to the party, and its only aim is to hold the license so that the leaders of the civil society have an opportunity to participate in elections,” he said.

Prokhorov stressed that he and his closest allies did not intend to join the party. “Not all of us will join the party,” the business executive said.

Prokhorov also said he did not rule out his participation in the mayoral election in Moscow in 2015.

“We will hold primaries before the elections, and if I understand in three years that I have chances, I don’t rule out such a possibility for me,” Prokhorov said at a news conference.


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