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Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs lists International Court of Justice Judge as wanted

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The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has heightened tensions by placing International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Tomoko Akane on its wanted list. The move comes after Judge Akane issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of illegal deportations of children from Ukraine. This marks the second ICC judge to be declared wanted in Russia, following Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala, who appeared on the wanted list last month. The situation adds further strain to Russia’s already contentious relationship with the ICC.

In March, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, alleging his involvement in the illegal deportation of thousands of children from Ukraine. The warrant has significant geopolitical implications as it could result in Putin’s arrest should he travel to any member state of the ICC. This decision by the ICC triggered heightened tensions between Russia and the international court.

In response to the ICC’s action, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has listed ICC Judge Tomoko Akane as wanted. The specific reasons for her wanted status have not been explicitly disclosed in the Russian database.

This development follows a similar incident where Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala was also declared wanted by Russia last month. Additionally, in May, the Russian Interior Ministry listed Karim Khan, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as wanted.

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