A bounty has been put out for the arrest of Vladimir Putin – and not by the international community but by a Russian entrepreneur.
Alex Konanykhin is a prodigy of Russian business who owned an empire of over 100 diverse firms before he was 25 years old. In 1992, he was worth over $300 million, and was made a part of Russian president Boris Yeltsin’s first delegation to the United States. But during Putin’s rise he was allegedly framed of massive fraud against the Russian Exchange Bank and he and his family have been granted asylum in the United States.
Konanykhin has announced a bounty of $1 million (USD) to any Russian officer or officers who arrest Putin, and called for Ukrainian allies to help boost the bounty to $1 billion.
“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,” wrote Konanykhin on LinkedIn. “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.
“As an ethnic Russian and a Russian 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.”
While the text says the bounty is for Putin’s arrest, an image accompanied the post saying “Wanted: Dead or alive. Vladimir Putin for mass murder.”
Konanykhin’s statement about blowing up apartment buildings is a reference to the 1999 bombing of four apartment blocks, which killed 307 people. Then-prime minister Putin’s handling of the alleged terrorist attacks made him popular, only a few months before his election to the presidency. The Russian government blamed Islamist extremists and Chechan terrorist, but no link was ever definitively proved and many journalists and historians believe the bombings were a successful false flag operation.