#War Crimes


‘The Lord of War is back in the game’

At least one law enforcement official who in 2008 worked to track down VIKTOR BOUT, the Russian traded for BRITTNEY GRINER Thursday, is saying the release of one of the world’s most notorious criminals threatens national security. DEREK MALTZ, a former Drug Enforcement Agency agent, helped lead the team...
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Ukraine's Nobel laureate wants Putin brought to justice

The co-winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, Ukraine's Oleksandra Matviichuk, called on Friday for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be brought before an international tribunal. We must establish an international tribunal and hold Putin, (Belarus President Alexander) Lukashenko and other war criminals accountable, not only for Ukrainians but for the other nations in the world", she said.

Russian opposition politician sentenced to 8.5 years in prison on fake news charges

Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was sentenced in court to eight-and-a-half years in prison on Friday on charges of spreading “false information” about the army. Yashin, 39, was tried over a YouTube video released in April in which he discussed evidence uncovered by Western journalists of Russian atrocities in Bucha, near Kyiv, and cast doubt on the official Moscow version that such reports had been fabricated as a “provocation” against Russia.

Expert: Brittney Griner prisoner swap far more complicated than it may appear

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Somewhere between the applause and the criticism surrounding the prisoner swap that freed Texan Brittney Griner from a Russian prison, there is one thing that is certain: the situation is far more complicated than social media can ever capture."So, this was a situation where it was either Brittney Griner or nothing," opines David Kramer, an Executive Director at the George Bush Institute. The former professor and author of "Back to Containment: Dealing with Putin's Regime," says Putin doesn't care about human life unless it's his own."Putin himself is responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.  How...

Kremlin critic Yashin jailed for 8 years for 'fake news' on Russia war

One of Russia's most prominent opposition figures, Ilya Yashin, has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years for spreading "fake news" about the country's military. One of few Kremlin critics to stay in Russia after it invaded Ukraine, Yashin continued to speak out against the war. He was arrested after he condemned...
Washington Examiner

Russia and Iran developing ‘full-fledged defense partnership,’ White House says

Iran has become Russia’s “top military backer” over the course of the war in Ukraine, and the two countries' growing military partnership is “transforming their relationship into a full-fledged defense partnership,” National Security Council communications coordinator John Kirby said on Friday. The Biden administration first...
France 24

New UN human rights chief Volker Turk condemns 'war crimes' in Ukraine

The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Austria's Volker Türk, granted a wide-ranging interview to FRANCE 24 from Geneva. This week, the High Commissioner travelled to Ukraine to observe first-hand the consequences of Russia's invasion on the Ukrainian people. During his visit, Türk had to take cover in an underground shelter in Kyiv as Russian missiles hit civilian targets. Speaking to FRANCE 24, he condemned what he called "war crimes" in Ukraine: "The picture that emerges is [one of] torture, summary executions, disappearances, wilful killings of civilians and that's very, very tragic and shocking."

Learn about campus initiatives rooted in protecting human rights

When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations on Dec. 10, 1948, it laid out the inalienable rights all human beings have. These rights—agreed upon by countries around the world—include the freedom from discrimination, access to justice, right to education, and right to cultural, artistic, and scientific life.

Who is Viktor Bout? Why the ‘Lord of War’ Russian arms dealer was included in Brittney Griner prisoner trade

Basketball star Brittney Griner landed in the United States on Friday after 10 months in Russian detention that ended in a prisoner swap with arms dealer Viktor Bout. Thursday’s exchange was a rare instance of US-Russian co-operation after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, although the Kremlin was quick to say it did not show improving relations.
Washington Post

Getting to peace in Ukraine

I know people are entitled to their opinions, but they are not entitled to rewrite history. Nations, especially Russia, have centuries of commitments to maintaining border integrity. Ukraine, regardless of its relative newness in the grand scheme of nations, exists because Russian governments of the past acknowledged its independence, and even nurtured its evolution after it broke away from the former Soviet Union. The ideas expressed by Robert Wright in his Dec. 4 op-ed, “Biden can help Zelensky, and Ukraine, by pushing for peace,” clearly ignored the history of the civilized world regarding aggression and specifically Russian aggression. Advocating that Ukraine should turn to negotiation now is actually advocating to allow Russia to legitimize its illegal, immoral, brutal and barbaric aggression against a neighbor.