Russia declines to ratify International Criminal Court Statute

Russia refuses to ratify Rome Statute as ICC ‘failed to become truly independent’

Russia has no intention to become a member of the Rome Statute, which is the basic document establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to the relevant resolution signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The document was posted on the government’s legal information web portal on Wednesday.

Under the president’s resolution, the Russian Foreign Ministry will send the relevant notice to the UN Secretary-General.

The Rome Statute (The ICC Charter) was developed with Russia’s participation and adopted by the UN Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Rome on July 17, 1998. It entered into force on July 1, 2002 and started operating in 2003. Russia signed the document on September 13, 2000.