ICC issues war crimes arrest warrant for Russia’s Vladimir Putin

Xavier Roger


Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his speech during a meeting of the Federal Security Service board in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023.

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant Friday for Russian President Vladimir Putin and an official in his office responsible for children’s rights over their alleged involvement in the unlawful deportation and transfer of Ukrainian children from occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia. 

The ICC, which is based in The Hague, Netherlands, alleges Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova are responsible for war crimes. 

Ukraine has already arrested and convicted some Russian soldiers, all of them low-ranking, for war crimes in Ukraine. The ICC’s arrest warrant for Putin and Lvova-Belova marks the international court’s first arrest warrant since Russia invaded Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly denied allegations of war crimes in Ukraine. 


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