DISINFO: ICC has no competence to issue warrants against citizens of the Russian Federation
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DISINFO: ICC has no competence to issue warrants against citizens of the Russian Federation


With regard to the arrest warrant issued on 17 March by the International Criminal Court (ICC), this partial, politised and incompetent international judicial procedure has once again proven its nullity. The ICC is a puppet in the hands of the West always ready to deliver pseudo-justice to order.

The Russian Federation has not taken part in the Rome statute. The ICC has no jurisdiction over Russia and its citizens.

Russia considers any document emanating from this body to be illegal and void.


Pro Kremlin narrative discrediting the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the context of its investigation into war crimes committed during the military invasion of Ukraine.

On 17 March 2023, the ICC issued arrest warrants for two individuals in the context of the situation in Ukraine: Vladimir Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova.

The ICC has jurisdiction to try individuals for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and aggression if:

-the country where the offence was committed is a party to the Rome Statute or accepted the Court’s jurisdiction on an ad hoc basis with respect to a given situation by lodging a Declaration under article 12(3) of the Statute.; -or the perpetrator's country of origin is a party to the Rome Statute.

On 16 November 2016, Putin signed a decree formally withdrawing Russia from the agreement on the ICC in the Hague. However, the crimes for which the two arrest warrants were issued were committed on Ukrainian territory. Ukraine accepted the Court's jurisdiction over alleged crimes under the Rome Statute occurring on its territory twice, pursuant to article 12(3) of the Statute. The first declaration lodged by the Government of Ukraine accepted ICC jurisdiction with respect to alleged crimes committed on Ukrainian territory from 21 November 2013 to 22 February 2014. The second declaration extended this time period on an open-ended basis to encompass ongoing alleged crimes committed throughout the territory of Ukraine from 20 February 2014 onwards.

The court's jurisdiction is clearly established.

The ICC is an independent body whose mission is to try individuals for crimes within its jurisdiction without the need for a special mandate from the United Nations. On 4 October 2004, the ICC and the United Nations signed an agreement governing their institutional relationship. Within the Court, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) is itself an independent body.

The accusations about the ICC or the OTP being puppets in the hands of the collective West is a conspiracy theory.

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