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"A wide-ranging interview with The Moscow Times ". 
11th-Oct-2009 01:32 pm
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The Moscow Times

Prokhorov Puts His Bets on Debt

By Nadia Popova
Prokhorov, pictured during an interview in his office, says he wants to help the government restructure bad debts.

Prokhorov, pictured during an interview in his office, says he wants to help the government restructure bad debts.

Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov said the best place to invest during the crisis is in debt restructuring, a niche that has so far gone largely unfilled.

Prokhorov, Russia’s richest businessman, also said a government goal to halve inflation to about 6 percent was realistic, and he criticized the authorities for cutting investment in infrastructure.

Prokhorov, who spoke in a wide-ranging interview with The Moscow Times, voiced hopes of turning the New Jersey Nets into a profitable basketball team in three years and appealed to the government to allow heating generators to redirect their investment from constructing power stations to building grids. 

“We want to help the state by participating in the restructuring of the bad debts of banks and companies,” Prokhorov said last week, sitting in his penthouse office on Tverskoi Bulvar.


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13th-Oct-2009 10:27 am (UTC) - "Познер"
Ожидала от Познера бОльших оригинальности и креатива. Разочаровал. Жаль((( Интервью Вестям с Закамской было не в пример живее, а тут одни повторения((
Мэтру наскучила журналистика? Ему не интересен собеседник? Или интервью было так, типа для галочки???
По-моему, МД давно не было так скучно. Из уважения только не уснул))
Не сомневаюсь, любой из посетителей блога сумел бы найти менее банальные вопросы, во всяком случае не стал бы в очередной раз трепать беднягу Пруста)
И свет в студии поставлен отвратительно((( Видны все дефекты кожи, все морщины...к чему? зачем?...

14th-Oct-2009 08:22 am (UTC) - Re: "Познер"
В каждом из них чувствовалось большое напряжение, которое возникает, когда "противники" осознают: равны по уровню, каждый в своем "жанре". Однако г-н Познер разочаровал поверхностным сценарием беседы, определяемым вопросами, на которые уже был дан ответ в тех или иных интервью или на блоге. Что касается г-на Прохорова, он действительно был правдив в своих ответах (это подкупает:), даже тех, которые ... разочаровывают, позволяя предположить, что Михаил Дмитриевич грешит механистическим мировоззрением. Н.
13th-Oct-2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Вы наверно в прошлой жизни Петром 1м были. Он всё новшества всяческие внедрял, Вы тоже инновации приветствуете. Да и вообще, энергичны очень. Оба.
Не удивлюсь, если однажды в предвыборной компании замелькает и Ваше лицо.
Почему нет? И чем Вы хуже других кандидатов?
Многие бы хотели работать в Вашей компании, под Вашим руководством. Потому что считают - при хорошем хозяине и им неплохо будет.
Это я к тому, что Вашей кандидатуре, наверняка, будут рады. Если уж всё равно кому-то быть Президентом, так хочется видеть на его месте хорошего хозяина, а не просто политика.
14th-Oct-2009 09:42 am (UTC) - П1
И как Вы это видите? Подробнее если?
И что Вы ожидаете от окружающих? Подробнее если?
14th-Oct-2009 10:48 am (UTC) - The crisis
Hello Mikhail,

Last monday a small bank in The Netherlands went down. In The Netherlands our government guarantees peoples savings untill 100.000 Euro per person per bankaccount, so most of the banks clients will not really get hurt by this. We all just have to pay more taxes in a couple of years.
But I think the biggest problem is that companies are afraid to do business, to invest. They are all cutting down on costs, hoping to survive. I think that standing still is going backwards. We have to keep investing, especially in things we will always need. Roads, housing, healthcare etc. But I also think that if we would do to much we would pay for a longer period. This crisis is also a setback to where we actually should be. We have been spending to much loaned money and now is time for payback. Once we are settled and are used to the new situation we can start with growth again. Too much help now, will make us pay so much more in the future. Well that was part one,

About the second part, The Nets: I really don't have any feelings with NBA. If I would have had your money I would have bought myself a Formule 1 racingteam:).

About the third part: What do I live in a very nice country. Most of us have our own heatingsystem in our own house, which is working always when needed. I think in all my life I had maybe 3 times that our heating didn't work when I needed it, so I'm a lucky person. Our houses are well isolated, so warmth does not escape throught walls or whatever. I have a lot off windows, so even in the winter the sun does a lot of warming-up. Besides gas we use the sun to heat our houses.

With love,

15th-Oct-2009 10:37 am (UTC) - Re: About the second part
А я бы, пожалуй, свою детскую мечту исполнила:
скакуна-лидера купила (к команде formula1 ха-ха-ха): только содержание его дорого обойдется - конюхи, конюшни, врачи, тренера, наездник... жуть, в общем, я ж сама им заниматься не буду! :)
Говорят, на таких конях нельзя просто кататься – а я бы с удовольствием. И ребят бы покатала :)
Ах да, мне ж еще научится на лошадях-то ездить надо! :)
14th-Oct-2009 11:02 am (UTC) - Companies restart
Hi Mikhail,

Did you know that in The netherlands we have a law so companies can make a clean restart? If a comapny is about to go bankrupt, you can split it in 2 companies. One company takes all the bad debts and goes down, the other company can go on with a clean start. This is to try to keep the employees working. Ofcourse you cannot do this every year and there are rules to it. But it is quite a funny law in our very small country.

With love,
26th-Feb-2010 04:11 pm (UTC) - Re: Companies restart
Валюша, Михаил и так всё знает.

В нашей стране решает не

Знание, а глава Мира

На самом верху

Пирамиды. Что глава скажет, то и сможет делать Михаил
14th-Oct-2009 11:04 am (UTC) - Just for fun, you don't like cellphones

This could happen to you.

I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the other stall saying:
'Hi, how are you?'

I'm not the type to start a conversation in the restroom but I don't know what got into me,
so I answered, somewhat embarrassed,
'Doin' just fine!'

And the other person says:
'So what are you up to?'

What kind of question is that? At that point, I'm thinking this is too bizarre so I say:
'Uhhh, I'm like you, just traveling!'

At this point I am just trying to get out as fast as I can when I hear another question.
'Can I come over?'

Ok, this question is just too weird for me but I figured I could just be polite and end the conversation. I tell them
'No..I'm a little busy right now!!!'

Then I hear the person say nervously...

'Listen, I'll have to call you back. There's an idiot in the other stall who keeps answering all my questions.'

Cell phones, don't you just love them.

Have Fun,


14th-Oct-2009 11:21 am (UTC) - watch out for ego's
Hi Mikhail,

I already told you about this bank going down 2 days ago, but I didn't tell you this. The bank was founded by one man. With the money of the bank he bought a soccerteam, build a soccerstadium, sponsered an ice skating team, started a foundation with arts, opened a museum, all named after himself.Dirk Scharinga soccerteam, Dirk Scheringa stadium, Dirk Scheringa foundation. In The Netherlands he is called the Dutch Roman Abramovitsj.

With love,

15th-Oct-2009 01:55 am (UTC) - nets
The nets are certainly a "fixer-upper" investment...but it'll be worthwhile.
16th-Oct-2009 06:23 pm (UTC) - tired comment
I'd like to have watermelon instead of my computer. Especially now. Or grapes.
For practical reasons I'm not superstitious and my grandma used to say that superstition is a sin. However it's said, that you shouldn't keep your bag on the floor, because the money will go out of it. There must be a better place for your briefcase in your office.
17th-Oct-2009 08:07 pm (UTC) - Re: tired comment
не ставить сумку на пол - правильно поняла :) (я сегодня бе словаря :) )?
На стол тоже нельзя - 1. не красиво, 2. тоже что-то с деньгами связано. :)
Может, вообще лучше не носить? Ни сумку, ни деньги? :)
28th-Oct-2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
I wonder where abroad Mikhail is going expand his debt restructuring business. Will it be the US where commercial real estate will be hitting banks’ balance sheets in the coming months?
29th-Oct-2009 06:40 pm (UTC) - timing
I believe it's an excellent time to invest in real estate in the State, esp. New York area. Mr. Prochorov is a clever and experienced businessman. Also, isn't economic downturn the best time to restructure debt?! Good luck with the Nets, and it's good to see you expanding to North America.
10th-Jan-2010 12:57 am (UTC) - Михаилу Прохорову
Здравствуйте,Михаил.Хочу предложить идею по реформированию мировой автомобильной отрасли,она связана с энергоэффективностью.
23rd-Jan-2010 11:39 pm (UTC) - Re: Михаилу Прохорову
А поточнее нельзя назвать? Энергонаносбережение, вечный двигатель, биогаз, водород, вода, банановый сок, уголь, сверхпроводящий накопитель, атомарный конденсатор, аккумулятор Соболева?
7th-Feb-2010 09:15 pm (UTC) - приветствие!



13th-Feb-2010 02:18 pm (UTC) - Nanotechnology comment
I was surprised when finding out that you decided to invest in the nanotechonology energy...in 2003 I met someone that was develloping this project in a research institute in Grenoble (not too far from Courchevel;) )
Would love to know if this "someone" I met at that time is also someone you know and probably work with...just by curiosity..
And by the way...I just figgured that it was you the whole French state was talking about when that "incident" in Courchevel happened...you must have had some good laughters about it:)))) LOL

Enjoy an excellent day yourself;)

23rd-Feb-2010 06:48 am (UTC) - Поздравление
С Днем защитника Отечества!!!
28th-Feb-2010 07:02 pm (UTC) - Is it a joke?
Budu pisat' ne po teme...Menya prosto ulibnul etot blog, neujeli vi verite chto sam Prohorov sidit na etom bloge i zapolnyaet stranichki? chestno mne smeshno!!!
18th-Feb-2011 02:31 am (UTC) - DoctorFuntik

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