In the wake of Mikhail Prokhorov’s political downfall and the likely death of Pravoe Delo’s chances at attracting enough votes to enter the next Duma, commentators are scrambling to make sense of what has happened. The amount of relevant material that’s exploded onto the Internet in the past two days is vast and beyond easy comprehension.
Many are calling the recent events a ‘drama’ and a ‘show,’ whereas others like Stanislav Belkovsky insist that it’s merely a typical episode in Kremlin politics. The main figures seem to be Prokhorov and Vladislav Surkov, whom Prokhorov personally accused of orchestrating the assault against Pravoe Delo. Observing (or perhaps meddling?) from the riverbanks are Medvedev and Putin, whose spokespeople have confirmed that they are aware of PD’s situation, but have so far offered no public comments.
On the periphery are the competing factions within Pravoe Delo, divided between an Old Guard that never took to Prokhorov, and a newer batch of PD members recruited by the billionaire to serve out his vision for the party. When the dust settled this morning, Prokhorov’s defeated loyalists included: Evgeny Roizman, Leonid Gozman, Alla Pugacheva, and Andrei Makarevich. Triumphantly turncoat were: Soloviev, Dorenko, and Shevchenko — ultimately joined by Boris Nadezhdin and Georgy Bovt, to boot. Leading the ‘raider takeover’ against Prokhorov, despite his Wednesday attempt to remove them from the Executive Committee, were Bogdanov, the Riavkin brothers, and Dunaev. Continue reading ‘The Strange Death of Liberal Russia: Prokhorov & Pravoe Delo’ »