- The war in Ukraine entered a new phase Friday, March 3, when Russian troops seized Europe’s largest nuclear power plant after a fire in a nearby training building was extinguished
- Interestingly, a Russian businessman has put a $1 million bounty on Vladimir Putin’s head, calling on Russian military officers to go after Putin and arrest him
- Meanwhile, Konanykhin, 55, is a wealthy entrepreneur who served on a Russian delegation to the US in 1992 under its then-President Boris Yeltsin
A Russian-American businessman has offered a $1m bounties for Vladimir Putin’s head.
According to him, the Russian leader must go on trial for war crimes, and that he would like to attend the hearings.
Independent. ie reports that the California-based businessman Alex Konanykhin triggered headlines and no small controversy when he offered the money on social media, along with a picture of Mr Putin and a caption that read: “Wanted: Dead or alive. Vladimir Putin for mass murder.
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“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 Mr. Konanykhin said he had not intended his words to encourage someone to go and kill Mr Putin. Rather, he insisted, he wanted the Russian leader to go on trial, Daily Mail also reported.
“I’d like to make it explicitly clear that my offer is for an officer, who in fulfilling his constitutional duties, can arrest him for war crimes committed under international laws.”
“As much as millions of people, including me, would celebrate the news of his death, I’m not offering any bounty for his assassination. That would be illegal.”
Mr Konanykhin said Mr Putin might have assumed the west was not going to stand up to him so forcefully, given what he said was a track record of permitting the Russian leader to get away with things.
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Russia-Ukraine War: Soyinka, 167 other Nobel Laureates condemn further attacks
Earlier, one hundred and sixty-eight Nobel Laureates, including Nigeria’s Prof. Wole Soyinka, have called for an immediate halt of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
The Nobel Laureates, in an open letter, voiced their support for the Ukrainian people and the free and independent state of Ukraine as it faced Russian aggression.
“In a move that recalls the infamous attack of Germany on Poland in 1939 (using similar tricks of feigned provocation) and on the Soviet Union in 1941, the government of the Russian Federation, led by President Putin, has launched an unprovoked military aggression — nothing else but a war — against its neighbor, Ukraine.
“We choose our words carefully here, for we do not believe the Russian people have a role in this aggression. We join in condemning these military actions and President Putin’s essential denial of the legitimacy of Ukraine’s existence.”
Russian invasion: Nigerian volunteer fighters besiege Ukraine Embassy in Abuja
In another report, some Nigerians are interested in helping Ukraine overcome the invasion of its country by Russian forces.
The Ukrainian embassy in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has been besieged by the young Nigerians interested in helping Ukraine.
The situation is the same in several countries as Britons, Americans and Canadians have also offered to help Ukraine.