Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov, the head of Onexim group, is to be named the leader of the Right Cause party after it meets on 25 June. Prokhorov has already announced his plans to change name of the party. What is a new name, he does not know yet. “Of cause not. There is plenty of time [to choose]”. He told journalists that there were 15 basic variants and much more additional. Currently the survey is being held to choose the name which has greater public appeal. “The aim is to find a name which everyone likes. It is a hard task,” Prokhorov said. The party will vote for a new name at the ensuing meeting.
The Russian Mafia (rumafia.com) reports that Prokhorov said he was sorry about Khodorkovsky and Lebedev trial. He promised to give “political assessment” to such trials if he is elected the leader of the Right Cause. As a person, he profoundly regrets that such trials take place in Russia.
Prokhorov said he would quit the party in case of poor performance at the parliamentary elections. “Leader who fails to fulfill the task must go,” Prokhorov said. However he had no doubts his party would be represented in the lower house of Russian parliament. Earlier Prokhorov said he set a task to come second in the elections. He promised to work personally as a deputy of the State Duma. Prokhorov, one of Russia's richest men, said, “a tiny faction in the parliament is a real power if it has intellectual supremacy”.
Speaking about his cooperation with Boris Nemtsov, a co-chairman of unregistered Party of People’s Freedom (Parnas), Prokhorov said: “Borya is my good friends but we have different political views”. Speaking about Mikhail Kasyanov, Vladimir Ryzhkov and Vladimir Milov, Prokhorov said: “I respect these courages people. But if there is a problem - find the way to fix it, do not criticize”.