Russian businessman put $1 million bounty on Vladimir Putin’s head

Risky move or not? A Russian businessman has put a $1 million bounty on Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking Russian military officers to arrest Putin as a war criminal.

WHAT ARE THE REASONS BEHIND THE BOUNTY?

Crypto investor and California-based businessman Alex Konanykhin made the following post on his Facebook:

“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.”

According to Konanykhin, Putin had violated the Russian constitution by “eliminating free elections” and “murdering his opponents.”

FACEBOOK BANNED HIS INITIAL FACEBOOK POST

He also said Facebook banned his initial post.

“Do you think it was a correct decision? I omit the picture as it was a “dead or alive” poster.”

By Friday afternoon, his Facebook post was shared more than 4 000 times and had more than 4 000 comments.

WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?

In a report by Business Insider Konanykhin said he had put a bounty — which will come from his funds — to show that the military assault on Ukraine is not being conducted in his name.

“If enough other people make similar statements, it may increase the chances of Putin getting arrested and brought to justice,” he said.

He added that he had not visited Russia since 1992. When asked about whether he feared reprisal from Putin, the businessman said: “Putin is known to murder his opponents. He has millions of them now.”

On Friday, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is once again reached out to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, calling on him to engage him on solutions that will end the current crisis unfolding between both nations.

Ukraine has been under attack by Russia since last week – with Russian military officials launching air and missile strikes in cities and military bases.

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