Putin withdraws Russia from International Criminal Court

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court, which rules on charges such as genocide and crimes against humanity.

Putin withdraws Russia from International Criminal Court

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court, which rules on charges such as genocide and crimes against humanity.

Mr Putin's decree, published on the Kremlin's website, comes a day after the UN General Assembly's human rights committee approved a resolution condemning Russia's "temporary occupation of Crimea" and condemned Russia for rights abuses such as discrimination against some Crimeans.

Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014 from Ukraine following a hastily called referendum, a move that led to crippling Western sanctions.

A pro-Russia insurgency erupted in eastern Ukraine the following month, backed by Russia.

Mr Putin in 2000 signed the Rome treaty that established the Hague-based court, but never ratified it.

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