Suspicion stalks Russia billionaire candidate

Mikhail Prokhorov is promising reforms, but some worry he is Putin's stooge.

    Mikhail Prokhorov is running as an independent presidential candidate against Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin and has publicly criticised the country's leadership, but even those credentials don't free him from suspicion that he's Putin's stooge.

    Prokhorov is a billionaire oligarch - the country's third-richest man - and in Russia many believe the authorities would never allow a true challenger to emerge.

    But Prokhorov is the only candidate running in the March 4 election who has attended one of Russia's recent pro-democracy protests, and he has crafted an appealing platform for reformist liberals, promising more free press and business and easier formation of political parties.

    Al Jazeera's Rory Challands reports from Moscow.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.