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Putin Pulls Russia Out of Convention on War-Crime Probes

  • Russian leader quits 1949 Geneva Conventions’ Protocol 1
  • Body that examined Ukraine death doesn’t function, Putin said
Vladimir Putin
Vladimir PutinPhotographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

President Vladimir Putin is pulling Russia out of a key element of the Geneva Conventions that authorizes investigations into alleged war crimes against civilians.

Putin issued a decree dated Wednesday to withdraw from Protocol 1 of the 1949 convention “relating to the protection of victims of international armed conflicts,” citing “exceptional circumstances affecting the interests of the Russian Federation and requiring urgent action.”