Vladimir Putin Is Officially A Wanted Man

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Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, in a meeting last month outside Moscow.

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, accusing him of war crimes over the invasion of Ukraine

Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights, are both wanted by the ICC for unlawfully deporting and transporting Ukrainian children to Russia.

The arrest warrants mark the first international charges to be brought since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022 and the first against a leader of a country with a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

“This is an important moment in the process of justice,” the ICC president, Judge Piotr Hofmański, said in a video statement.

Hofmański noted that, per procedures, the court’s chief prosecutor had presented his case against the pair to a panel of pretrial judges, who concluded that there were “credible allegations” against them.

The ICC does not recognize diplomatic immunity for leaders on charges of war crimes, cr