The New York Times today strains really, really hard to portray New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov as a serious candidate for the Russian presidency. Never mind that Prokhorov is polling around 5 percent, or that democracy in Russia is about as real as Vladimir Putin's collection of scuba diving videos. Putin, by the way, is also a candidate for president. The cynical view is that Prokhorov is in the race to soak up protest votes from Putin's legit opposition. If you don't at least entertain the possibility, then I have a bridge in Khimki to sell you.
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