June 5, 2023
International Criminal Court in The Hague

International Criminal Court in The Hague (file photo)


The ICR is preparing to put on the wanted list the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who issued an arrest warrant for Russian leader Vladimir Putin. This was announced on Thursday, May 11, by the head of the department Alexander Bastrykin, reports RIA News.

“The Investigative Committee then very quickly opened a criminal case against the chairman and three judges who actively influenced the adoption of this decision. We will soon put him on the wanted list,” he said during a speech at the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.

In March, the ICC, whose jurisdiction the Russian Federation does not recognize, issued an arrest warrant for Putin, as well as children’s ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova. The Kremlin said that the very raising of the issue of arrest is unacceptable, and any decisions of the ICC are null and void from the point of view of law.

Later Investigative Committee opened a criminal case in relation to the prosecutor and three judges of the ICC under the articles on bringing a person known to be innocent to criminal responsibility, preparing to attack a representative of a foreign state, and others. Also, the Russian Investigative Committee instructed give a legal assessment statements by the Minister of Justice of Germany about the arrest of Russians on the territory of his country.

The International Criminal Court is based on the Rome Statute, signed by 120 states. The jurisdiction of the court is not recognized, including Russia, Ukraine, the USA, Israel and China.

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