Russian Billionaire Prokhorov Launches New Party, Stays Out of It

World | June 4, 2012, Monday // 18:23|  views

Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov (R) talks to his sister and political supporter Irina (L) during a news conference to announce the creation of an non-typical party in Moscow, Russia, 04 June 2012. EPA/BGNES

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov announced on Monday the creation of a new political party called "Civic Platform".

At the same time, however, he said he is not going to become a member of it.

"None of us will join the party. We are all non-party people," he said, as cited by RIA Novosti, adding it will be a party of "a new type."

Prokhorov, 46, said the party would exist to allow non-party public figures to participate in elections. There will be "no high profile names" in the party, he added.

"Civic Platform will be in dialogue with everyone, including the authorities," he also said.

The party's immediate priority will be municipal elections, Prokhorov said, adding he might run for Moscow mayor.

Prokhorov, whose fortune was put by Forbes in March at USD 13 B, came third in the March presidential election with about 8% of the vote.

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