Mikhail Prokhorov, a prominent Russian businessman and leader of the Civil Platform party, plans not only to lead the party's ticket in elections to the Moscow City Duma in 2014 but also run in a single-mandate district in the Northwestern Administrative District.
"I, for instance, will run in a single-mandate district," Prokhorov said in an interview with Interfax when asked what strong Civil Platform candidates could run in single-mandate districts in the elections to the Moscow City Duma.
He believes he could gain strong support from voters in Moscow's Northwestern Administrative District, where he was born and grew up.
"I have heard a lot of criticism from people saying that 'generals' should not run in single-mandate districts, but I have just the opposite opinion: you have to be closer, in this particular case, to Muscovites and know certainly what they want, and this would be an excellent opportunity to understand your real potential," he said.
Strong candidates in single-mandate districts are a clue to success in the elections to the Moscow legislature, Prokhorov said. "Those who can consolidate a strong team of single-mandate candidates will do well," he said.
"This is very important work, and we are doing this work carefully and calmly now," he said.
Prokhorov denied that he asked former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov for support in the elections.
"It's untrue. Yury Mikhailovich [Luzhkov] and I are long-standing friends and meet on friendly terms. And this has nothing to do with any elections," Prokhorov said when asked whether he turned to Luzhkov for help.
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