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Is This Putin's Rival? Russian Presidential Candidate Mikhail Prokhorov Speaks

Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov outlines to Kommersant his presidential program, titled a “Real Future.” He wants to cut the presidential term to four years, privatize industry and foster a free press. Are they just words?

Mikhail Prokhorov in December 2011 (moscowprotest)
Prokhorov lays out his vision (Norilsk Nickel)
Natalia Bashlikova and Alla Barakhova

MOSCOW - Dubbing his platform "A Real Future," Russian billionaire businessman and presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov spoke with Kommersant about his vision for the country and outlined his top priorities if he were to win the March election.

Prokhorov said he sees a "genuine society" as one of "equal opportunities' in which the main assets are people who have rights and belong to "social, ethnic and religious groups." He says media freedom should be guaranteed through the compulsory sale of state radio and TV companies and the banning of any propaganda promoting the cult of personality.

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Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

[*Choctaw, Native American]

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