Release of Arrest Warrant for President Putin, ICC Judge Now Hunted by Russia

The name of International Criminal Court (ICC) judge Sergio Gerarde Ugaldo Godinez was added to Russia’s wanted list on Wednesday (8/11/2023).

Godinez became a wanted figure for issuing an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the war in Ukraine.

“Wanted for criminal investigation,” said a notice in the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs database, quoted from the AFP news agency.

Godinez is a judge from Costa Rica at the ICC based in The Hague, Netherlands.

However, the notice did not specify the charges against Godinez.

In March 2023, the ICC announced the arrest warrant for Putin on charges of war crimes, namely the deportation of Ukrainian children unlawfully.

The ICC also issued a warrant for Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights, on similar charges.

Russia, not a member of the ICC, asserted that the arrest warrant for Putin is not valid.

However, the letter restricted Putin’s travel abroad because ICC member countries must arrest him if he sets foot there.

Putin then did not attend the BRICS Summit in August and the G20 Summit in India the following month, citing a desire not to create problems for his friends.

Russia had previously issued arrest warrants for ICC prosecutor Karim Khan and several other judges.

In September, Moscow sought the arrest of ICC President Piotr Hofmanski.

In the same month, the ICC opened a field office in Ukraine to hold Russia accountable for attacks in the Western-backed country.

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“Our air defense reinforcement is timely before winter,” he added.

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The Russian Ministry of Defense did not mention any casualties.

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“The third wave is definitely going to happen. The enemy is regrouping after the second wave of failed attacks,” Barabash said.

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