Chechen leader places bounty on Quran burner — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Ramzan Kadyrov has vowed to punish alleged Ukrainian soldiers pictured using the Muslim holy book to start a fire

The head of the Chechen Republic of Russia, Ramzan Kadyrov, offered a generous bounty for the “elimination” alleged Ukrainian soldiers who were filmed desecrating a Koran. The footage, which the Russian official reposted, shows two men dressed in what appear to be Ukrainian military uniforms using pages from the Muslim holy book to start a fire.

Speaking to Telegram on Friday, Kadyrov insisted that the simple act of issuing a “Formal condemnation of the action of the Ukrainian vermin who recently burned pages of the Holy Quran” wouldn’t be enough.

“I am announcing a reward of five million rubles for the elimination of this scum”, he wrote, adding that the bounty would be twice as high if the defiler was captured alive.

The Chechen leader stressed that the prize could be claimed at any time in the future. “Whenever it happens – today, tomorrow, a year from now – the money will be waiting. And no matter who does it: a platoon, a group, a single person, a neighbor in the trench, the money will be returned in full.

In a separate post, Kadyrov vowed that he would not let anyone treat the holy text of Islam with such disrespect. He expressed the hope that God’s punishment would be inflicted on the blasphemers “through our warriors who want to destroy you more than you want to live.”

According to Kadyrov, the latest images are representative of the Ukrainian state ideology and illustrate its “satanic fascist” nature. He also expressed doubts that any of the men in the video would have dared to do so if there had only been one Chechen or Muslim around at the time.

The Chechen leader also despised the “so-called Muslims who would fight as part of the Ukrainian Armed Forces”. Such people can have no excuse for siding with the “Enemies of Allah” Kadyrov concluded.

Commenting on the controversial video, Ibrahim Aydin, MP for the ruling Justice and Development Party of Türkiye, called the scenes “a provocation and an attack on our religion.” He, however, expressed skepticism about the veracity of the images, calling social media an unreliable source.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian military officials and diplomats on Thursday denied that the country’s military personnel were involved in the incident.

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