(Patriot Insider) – Not everyone in Russia agrees with President Vladimir Putin’s aggressions against Ukraine. Alex Konanykhin, a Russian businessman, has offered a $1 million bounty to Russian officers to arrest Putin as a war criminal, according to Business Insider.
“I promise to pay $1,000,000 to the officer(s) who, complying with their constitutional duty, arrest(s) Putin as a war criminal under Russian and international laws. Putin is not the Russian president as he came to power as the result of a special operation of blowing up apartment buildings in Russia, then violated the Constitution by eliminating free elections and murdering his opponents,” Konanykhin wrote in a Facebook post.
For reference, the explosion Konanykhin is referring to happened in 1999 and the theory is that the Russian Federal Security Service, of which Putin was the head of from 1998 to 1999, blew up apartments and then blamed it on the Chechens.
The explosion was part of what ignited the Second Chechen War, which ultimately made Putin very popular in Russia and led to him becoming Russian Prime Minister in 1999 and eventually named acting president on Dec. 31 of that year.
In March 2000, he was elected President and the rest is history.
Konanykhin explained that he felt it was his duty to oppose Putin’s latest war and continue assisting Ukraine against him.
“As an ethnic Russian and a Russia citizen, I see it as my moral duty to facilitate the denazification of Russia. I will continue my assistance to Ukraine in its heroic efforts to withstand the onslaught of Putin’s Orda,” he added in his post.
Konanykhin’s original Facebook post included a photo of Putin, with the caption, “Wanted: Dead or alive. Vladimir Putin for mass murder,” the Independent reported.
Facebook then banned his post but Konanykhin re-posted with just the text regarding his bounty offer.
“Facebook banned my post; do you think it was a correct decision? I omit the picture as it was a ‘dead or alive’ poster, but this is the text,” he wrote.
According to Newsweek, Konanykhin is one of many Russian businessmen who rose to wealth and prominence after the Soviet Union collapsed. Though he is a Russian citizen, he has not been to Russia since 1992, according to Business Insider, and apparently has a complicated history with the Russian government.
He was arrested in 1996, in the US, after Russian authorities accused him of embezzling $8 million from the Russian Exchange Bank. The US, however, gave him political asylum after numerous FBI agents testified that the Russian mafia had put out a contract on him.
His asylum was revoked several years later by a US district judge who said that returning Konanykhin to Moscow “stinks” and thus he was never deported.
After Konanykhin placed the bounty on Putin he was asked if he was scared that Putin would come after him in response, to which he replied, “Putin is known to murder his opponents,” and added, “He has millions of them now.”
Bold move. Putin is well protected and it’s doubtful that anyone would have a chance at taking him into custody as a war criminal but stranger things have happened, you know, like the 2020 US presidential election being rigged and stolen and Joe Biden being fraudulently installed in the White House.
Still, it’s unlikely anyone is going to cash in on this bounty.
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