The International Criminal Court Issues Arrest Warrant For Vladimir Putin For Abducting Children, War Crimes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant on Friday for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian official Maria Lvova-Belova for alleged war crimes committed during Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population (children) and that of unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation,” the court said in a statement.

The court said there “reasonable grounds to believe that Mr Putin bears individual criminal responsibility for the aforementioned crimes, (i) for having committed the acts directly, jointly with others and/or through others (article 25(3)(a) of the Rome Statute), and (ii) for his failure to exercise control properly over civilian and military subordinates who committed the acts, or allowed for their commission, and who were under his effective authority and control, pursuant to superior responsibility (article 28(b) of the Rome Statute).”

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