Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham has called on Russians to assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Someone in Russia” must now take action “and get this guy out of the way,” said the Republican on Thursday (local time) on Fox News. He then expanded on the thought in a series of tweets: “The only ones who can fix this are the Russians,” he wrote there. “Is there a Brutus in Russia?”
Or maybe there is a “more efficient General Stauffenberg” in the ranks of the Russian military, wrote Graham, alluding to the Hitler assassin. “You would be doing your country and the rest of the world a great service,” he added.
Earlier on Thursday, Graham introduced a resolution in the Senate to condemn Russia’s president and his army leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Meanwhile, the Republican politician is by no means the first or even the only one who wants to see Vladimir Putin dead and openly calls for the Kremlin chief’s assassination. With the businessman Alexander Konanykhin, his own compatriot was the first to put a bounty on the head of the Russian president. Anyone who catches Putin “dead or alive” should get one million US dollars.
Konanykhin shared a mugshot of Vladimir Putin on Facebook with the words “Wanted Dead or Alive” and wrote: “I promise to pay one million dollars to the officer(s) who, in accordance with constitutional duty, will prosecute Putin as a war criminal under Russian and international law.” Putin is not the Russian president. He “blew up a residential building in Russia in a special operation” that “violated the constitution” because he “abolished free elections” and “eliminated his opponents”. The Facebook post has since been removed. However, the picture published screenshots.
The Russian millionaire and crypto investor describes himself as “Russian and a Russian citizen” and considers it his “moral duty” to “support the denazification of Russia”. The Russian-born millionaire was granted political asylum in the United States after allegations by Russia against him, because a court assessed that his life would be at risk if he were extradited to Russia because he was an open opponent of Putin and Yeltsin. In conclusion, he writes that he will continue to support Ukraine “in its heroic efforts to withstand Putin’s attacks”.