Putin has become an international exile: all that is known about the decision of The Hague over the dictator

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Putin has become an international exile: all that is known about the decision of The Hague over the dictator

On March 17, the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now the dictator has the official status of a suspect.

The Pre-trial Chamber II issued arrest warrants for Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, the authorized representative of the President of Russia for children, informs Channel 24.

Suspicion due to the deportation of Ukrainian children

Putin and Lvov-Belov are involved in the illegal deportation and movement of children from the occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia. This has been happening since February 24, 2022.

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, stressed that there is convincing evidence that Putin is responsible for the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children from the occupied territories.

The warrants were issued on the basis of petitions filed by the prosecutor's office on February 22, 2023.

Note! The ISS can take advantage of the Interpol opportunities. When a person is detained and brought to court, the pre-trial chamber holds hearings to confirm the charge. They can be carried out even in the absence of suspects.

Putin should be detained in 122 countries of the world

The warrant means that outside of Russia, Putin must be arrested and taken to court. However, he can be detained on the territory of countries that have ratified the Rome Charter. It is an international treaty that established the International Criminal Court.

The charter was signed and ratified by 122 countries, although more than 150 signed:

  • Putin should be detained in almost all European countries, Canada, Japan, a number of African states, etc.
  • The US, Russia and Israel first signed the charter, but then withdrew their signatures.
  • China has not ratified the document.
  • Ukraine also signed the charter, but did not ratify it.

Countries that have ratified the charter are marked in green / Infographic from Wikipedia

In Russia they react as usual

In Russia they assure that they don't care and the court's decision will not matter to Moscow. This explanation was published by Foreign Ministry speaker Maria Zakharova. She said that the warrant meant nothing because Russia had not ratified the charter.

Propagandist Margarita Simonyan generally began to throw threats. She stated that missiles would be fired at the country, which, by the decision of The Hague, would arrest Putin.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov also speaks of the “legal nullity” of the decision, allegedly because Russia does not recognize the jurisdiction of the ISS.

Historic decision for Ukraine

  • Head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak stressed that the decision of the court in The Hague is only the beginning. Sooner or later, Putin will answer for all the crimes of Russian invaders in Ukraine.
  • The Office of the Prosecutor General explained that now the Russian president has the official status of a suspect in an international crime. Thus, world leaders will think three times before inviting a dictator to their place and crushing his hand. Prosecutor General Kostin added that this is a historic decision for Ukraine.
  • Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba also has no doubt that international criminals will be held responsible for child abduction and other crimes.

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