Former UN Prosecutor Calls for Arrest Warrant for Putin

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    The Facts

    • On Sat., the former chief prosecutor for two UN war crimes tribunals, Carla Del Ponte, called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant for Putin.

    • This follows allegations of war crimes committed by Russia, including mass graves found in the city of Bucha, attacks on civilians, and the destruction of entire villages.


    The Spin

    Anti-Russia narrative

    Russian forces have been committing war crimes since the start of the invasion, motivated by Putin's determination to restore the Soviet empire. Events like the genocide in Bucha cannot go unpunished. The international community must work with the ICC to hold perpetrators accountable.

    Pro-Russia narrative

    Ukraine and the West are deliberately encouraging anti-Russian sentiment around the world by spreading fake news. The alleged massacre in Bucha is another attempt to damage Russian credibility, even after previous accusations were proven to be fake.

    Nerd narrative

    The Metaculus Community predicts a 60% chance that the ICC will charge Vladimir Putin with war crimes by 2024 in connection to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


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