17 Mar 2023

World Court Issues Arrest Warrant Against Putin, Maria Alekseevna For Violation Of Rights Of Ukrainian Children

New York: The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Putin for war crimes in Ukraine. The court said that Putin is responsible for the crime of kidnapping and deportation of Ukrainian children. Human rights groups have welcomed the court's decision.

The Hague-based ICC said it had also issued a warrant against Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia's presidential commissioner for children's rights, on similar charges.

It is being said in some media reports that the Pre-Trial Chamber-2 of the International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for two people including Putin. The second name among them is that of Maria Alekseevna Lvova-Belova. 

Who is Maria Alekseevna and why a warrant is issued against her?

According to American and European governments – and a new report by Yale investigators, backed by the US State Department – Maria is at the center of a Russian government scheme to forcibly deport thousands of Ukrainian children to Russia, often to a network of dozens of camps, where the minors undergo political reeducation.

“Maria Lvova-Belova is one of the most highly involved figures in Russia’s deportation and adoption of Ukraine’s children, as well as in the use of camps for ‘integrating’ Ukraine’s children into Russia’s society and culture,” the Yale Humanitarian Research Lab’s Conflict Observatory wrote.

Lvova-Belova, who was appointed to be President Vladimir Putin’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights in 2021, created her Telegram channel days after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

On 24 February 2022, Russia attacked Ukraine. Since then the war between the two countries continues. During this, Ukraine has accused Russia of atrocities several times.

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