The order of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin “about the intention not to become party to the Rome Statute of the International criminal court” was published on the official portal of legal information. The order States that the notice of intention of Russia not to become a party to the Statute should be sent to the UN Secretary General.
The Rome Statute is the document regulating the work of the International criminal court (ICC). If a country has not ratified the Rome Statute, its citizens are not under the jurisdiction of the ICC. At the moment the Statute of the ICC ratified by 124 countries. Russia has signed the Statute but not ratified it.
In January 2016, the ICC granted the request of the Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and the court started the investigation of crimes in the fighting in South Ossetia in August 2008.
The ICC was established in 1998, since the adoption of the Rome Statute. During this time, the judicial organization has issued only three sentence — all of them belonged to African warlords and was sentenced for war crimes.