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Nets owner Prokhorov to enter Russian politics

May 16, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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Mikhail Prokhorov

I may not know much about Russian politics, but it seems that the BBC News knows even less about the NBA. I love their graph today in a story about Mikhail Prokhorov announcing his intentions to head the Just Cause party:

He owns much of Russia’s gold and nickel production, with other interests as diverse as nanotechnology, a hybrid car and the New York Jets basketball club.

The key to stopping the Jets has always been to keep Mark Sanchez from getting open looks at the 3-point line.

Here’s another fun fact from the BBC story:

The last oligarch to turn politician, Mikhail Khodorkovksy, ended up in prison.

As I mentioned, I’m no Russian political expert. But running a party that attempts to ensure that business interests are prominently represented and to lure younger voters to support the ruling party (that’s the gist of it, I think) seems like a pretty time-consuming job. When’s Prokhorov going to have time to run the Jets?

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Russian oligarch Prokhorov aims to go into politics [BBC News]
Russian tycoon to head pro-Kremlin party [MSNBC]