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Mikhail Prokhorov to run vs. Putin

Updated: December 12, 2011, 7:22 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New Jersey coach Avery Johnson has been around Mikhail Prokhorov enough to know the billionaire owner of the Nets' NBA franchise has the leadership skills to be the next president of Russia.

Prokhorov announced Monday that he would run against Vladimir Putin in March's presidential election, another sign of the growing discontent with Putin after 12 years in political power.

Like most of his players, Johnson found out about Prokhorov's decision to run ...

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