The International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Putin
The Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant for the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Children's Ombudsman, Maria Lvova-Belova. The press release was published on the website of the International Criminal Court.
The court believes that the Russian president is likely to bear responsibility for the illegal deportation of children from Ukraine to the Russian Federation. "There are sufficient grounds to believe that Putin bears individual criminal responsibility for the above-mentioned crimes," according to the court. A similar paragraph is devoted to Maria Lvova-Belova – authorized child rights commissioner in Russia.
Russia has suspended its participation in the International Criminal Court and does not recognize its jurisdiction. “We do not recognize this court, we do not recognize the jurisdiction of this court. That's how we stand on it,” said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Putin, on March 14. However, in this precedent, it is not so much a practical prospect of punishing Putin as a blow to his reputation and agents of influence abroad.