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Russia leaves International Criminal Court

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia signed an order on 16 November 2016 withdrawing Russia’s signature from the International Criminal Court treaty (ICC).
●    This move came on the opening day of the general assembly of member states. 
●    On 14 November 2016, ICC passed a ruling calling Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 an international armed conflict. This action angered Moscow, as it claims Crimea joined Russia after a popular vote. 
●    Russia is facing a lot of criticism for its airstrikes in Syria in support of current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
●    The court is also looking into allegations of war crimes committed by forces of Russia and Georgia during their conflict in 2008. 
●    Russia does not see ICC as a genuine independent authoritative organ of international justice. 
●    Russia claims that in 14 years, the ICC has just given four verdicts and spent nearly 1 billion US Dollars.