See you in the court: Russia denounces its allegiance to International Criminal Court

13:14 Nov. 16, 2016

Russia denounces its allegiance to International Criminal Court

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP photo)

After The Hague report of Crimea armed conflict, Putin orders to denounce the Rome treaty

Russia's president Vladimir Putin signed an order to denounce the Russian Federation allegiance to Rome statute of The International Criminal Court.

The corresponding notification is to be sent to the UN Secretary-General.  

With this order signed, Russia refuses to ratify the Rome statute it signed in 2000 but never approved since then. This means that Russian citizens cannot be judged by The International Criminal Court in The Hague for any crimes committed within the territory of the states that had ratified the agreement. 

Read more Hague report points at Russia-Ukraine armed conflict

As reported previously, a new annual International Criminal Court report was published on November 14th. It provided the Court's official definition of Russia's annexation of Crimea as the international Russia-Ukraine armed conflict. 

Although no decisions on criminal investigations on Russia were made so far, the official definition casts the ground for the probable accusations of Russian supreme authorities in future. 

Read also Russia as official "temporary occupier of Ukrainian Crimea": pros, cons, and whys

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