Putin to offer rival a place in new Russia government
Vladimir Putin suggested yesterday that when he returns to the Kremlin in May he may offer the oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov a position in his government.
Mr Prokhorov stood as an independent against Mr Putin in Sunday's presidential election and received about 8pc of the vote.
The billionaire former industrialist, who is known for his playboy lifestyle, has faced accusations that his entry into politics was a Kremlin ploy all along, to provide a reliable outlet for the discontent that has been visible at a number of recent street protests. (© Independent News Service)