The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague issued an arrest warrant against russian dictator putin, as reported on the official website of the ICC on March 17.
"Mr Vladimir Putin is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population (children) and that of unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation", - according to the press service of the court.
In addition to putin, the warrant was also issued against Maria Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of the russian federation. She is also suspected of illegal deportation of Ukrainian children to russia.
"There are reasonable grounds to believe that each suspect bears responsibility for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population and that of unlawful transfer of population from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, in prejudice of Ukrainian children", - representatives of the court in The Hague said.
The warrants are secret in order to protect victims and witnesses and also to safeguard the investigation.
"Mindful that the conduct addressed in the present situation is allegedly ongoing, and that the public awareness of the warrants may contribute to the prevention of the further commission of crimes, the Chamber considered that it is in the interests of justice to authorise the Registry to publicly disclose the existence of the warrants", - the statement says.
Earlier it was reported that the international tribunal on crimes of russia can be launched before summer.