Prokhorov To Appoint Watchdog
- The Moscow Times
- Aug. 12 2013 00:00
- Last edited 16:49
Billionaire politician Mikhail Prokhorováhas accepted acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin's offer toáappoint aámember ofáhis Civil Platform party toáthe post ofáMoscow's business ombudsman.
Sobyanin's proposal has been seen as aástrategic response to an announcement byá37 prominent businessmen Wednesday that they will openly support opposition candidate Alexei Navalnyáináthe Sept. 8. mayoral election.
"Primarily, Internet entrepreneurs endorsed Navalny, but foráthe most part businessmen prefer toákeep further away fromápolitics andádon't want toádamage their relations with city authorities. Foráthem, Mikhail Prokhorov is anáiconic figure," political analyst Alexei Makarkin told Kommersant.
Prokhorov announced his party's decision toáaccept theáunexpected offer Thursday onáthe television channel NTV.
Collaboration among political groups is "a sign ofácivilized modern politics," Prokhorov said, adding that his party "is ready toáuse any opportunity toáhelp businessmen."
Prokhorov contemplated aámayoral run but declined onáJune 13, saying that he was unable toátransparently transfer his foreign assets toáRussia byáelection day, as required byálaw.
Instead, the Civil Platform intends toáuse this election toáattract voter attention prior toáparticipation ináthe 2014 Moscow City Duma election, ináwhich Prokhorov plans toárun.
Theábillionaire proved his political capital iná2012, when 20 percent ofáMuscovites voted foráhim ináthe presidential election.
City Hall plans toáwork with other parties that are not involved ináthe current election, Sobyanin's press secretary said.
Experts have said the Civil Platform is becoming theásecond choice political party foráregional elites after reigning party United Russia.