What’s the story?
In a Facebook post, Alex Konanykhin called on Russian military officers to jail Putin as a war criminal. Their benefit? One million dollars.
In his blog post, Konanykhin created, “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,” he continued, “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.”
He concluded, “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.”
Konanykhin additionally included that Facebook eliminated his initial posting regarding the bounty and claimed that the initial post included a graphic of a “dead or alive” poster.
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“If enough other people make similar statements, it may increase the chances of Putin getting arrested and brought to justice,” he told the outlet. “Putin is known to murder his opponents. He has millions of them now.”
Konanykhin informed the media outlet that he has actually not set foot on Russian soil since 1992 and was given political asylum in the USA in 1999.
A 1996 article from the Washington Post reported that Konanykhin researched at the Moscow Physics and Technical Institute prior to opening what was referred to as a student construction cooperative. He ultimately opened up more businesses and also dabbled in financial, real estate, and trading.
By 1992, the Post wrote that Konanykhin’s business holdings were valued at about $300 million.
In 2021, Konanykhin told the Sun that Putin would “drown [Russia] with blood if need be” before ever giving up power.
“Such a regime cannot be removed through elections, he doesn’t have any parliamentary opposition, he doesn’t have media [against him], and every type of organized opposition is wiped clean,” he said at the time. “It would have to be removed by force — and there is no such force, domestically or internationally.”
Konanykhin added that he thinks “only a conflict within the ruling class” would have the ability to unseat Putin.
“I would love to be wrong, I really hope in a year I will be able to say ‘Jesus, how wrong I was in this interview’ — but 29 years ago I saw what has happened now,” he said. “I saw no scenario in which the KGB would not regain power and would hold it for the foreseeable future — so at that time I made the decision to leave the country.”
You can find out more about his history as well as his difficult path to the USA here.