In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin putting a price of $10 million on two of the Chechen "rebels" they have now decided to place a price of $20 million on Putins head.
Chechen rebels, in a swift reply to a Russian bounty offer for their leaders, promised on Thursday to give $20 million to anyone helping them to capture President Vladimir Putin.
"We offer an award of $20 million to countries, organizations or individuals who give the Chechen republic active help in detaining the war criminal Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin," said a statement on rebel Web sites.
It was signed by "the anti-terrorist center of the Chechen Republic," part of Maskhadov's unrecognized government.
The statement accuses Putin of launching war against Chechnya and of being responsible for the school siege in the town of Beslan last week, when at least 326 people died in a battle as Russian forces moved in to free the 1,000 hostages.
"Putin is blamed for ... many planned actions to discredit the lawful national liberation struggle of the Chechen people against foreign aggression, including the organization of the bloody war against children and adults in Beslan," it said.
Ahh, so it was Putin who strung all those bombs up in the basketball hoops. Silly me, I couldn't recognize him with that ski mask on and the battle fatigues.
This reward they've placed, you may note, is for Putins capture, not his execution. I find that a little strange. I guess if you assassinate him you only get fiddy cent.
Hat tip: The Command Post