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A U.S.-based Russian businessman, Alex Konanykhin, offered a $1 million bounty on the head of Russian President Vladimir Putin “as a war criminal” in the midst of a military operation in Ukraine.
“I promise to pay $1 million to any police officer who, fulfilling his constitutional duty, will arrest Vladimir Putin as a war criminal under Russian and international law,” the businessman wrote on his Facebook profile a few days ago, in a post with a Wild West-style photo and the words “wanted dead or alive.”
The post was deleted by the social network, as Konanykhin himself, a former banker and one-time member of former President Boris Yeltsin’s political circle, writes in a more recent post, where he repeats the text again but this time without the photo, clarifying.
“As an ethnic Russian citizen (he wrote in his publication) I see it as my moral duty to facilitate the denazification of Russia. I will continue to assist Ukraine in its heroic efforts to resist the assault of Putin’s horde,” he states in his reward offer.
“Putin is not the Russian president, as he came to power as a result of a special operation to blow up apartment buildings in Russia, then violated the Constitution by eliminating free elections and assassinating his opponents,” he also writes.
Konanykhin emigrated to the United States in the mid-1990s.