Ramzan Kadyrov has vowed to punish the alleged Ukrainian soldiers depicted using the Muslim holy book to kindle a fire
Ramzan Kadyrov © Getty Images / Anadolu Agency
The head of Russia’s Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has offered a generous bounty for the “elimination” of purported Ukrainian servicemen who were caught on video desecrating a Koran. The footage, which the Russian official reposted, shows two men in what appear to be Ukrainian military uniforms using pages from the Muslim holy book to start a fire.
Taking to Telegram on Friday, Kadyrov insisted that merely issuing a “formal condemnation of the Ukrainian vermin’s action that recently burned pages from the Holy Koran” would not be enough.
“I announce a reward of five million rubles for eliminating this scum,” he wrote, adding that the bounty would be twice as high should the desecrator be captured alive.
The Chechen leader emphasized that the award could be claimed at any moment in the future. “Whenever it happens – today, tomorrow, in a year – the money will be waiting. And no matter who does it: a platoon, a group, a sole person, a neighbor in the trench, the money will be handed over in full.”