Photo: Mikhail Prokhorov/Twitter
He is linked to Putin by thousands of threads
At the beginning of 2010, Prokhorov won political laurels, assuming the leadership of the Right Cause Party (Правое дело, PD). According to the Brussels-based news site Politico, the Democratic Party is a group close to the Kremlin that aims to ensure political pluralism in Russia while acting as the “false opposition” to Putin.
In 2012, the oligarch ran for president in the colors of the pro-Putin party, receiving nearly eight percent of the vote.
Regarding his presidential “ambitions,” some sources close to the Kremlin said that Prokhorov paid a debt to the Russian president in exchange for helping Putin solve a problem with a former business partner. According to certain information, the Russian President offered the position of Mayor of Moscow and his ministerial portfolio to the businessman.
Later, Prokhorov left politics and returned to the world of competition, where he achieved increasing success.
Pressman’s stepson was then picked up by the media again in 2017. Meduza reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin would meet RBC Media Group owner Mikhail Prokhorov in May.
A source close to the management of Onexim, also owned by Prokhorov, claimed that the billionaire would negotiate the terms of the sale to RBC. In June 2017, Prokhorov sold the media group, and not just to anyone: RBC was bought by Russian oligarch Grigory Berezkin, who is also close to Vladimir Putin.