January 28, 2023

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The Washington Post accused Vladimir Putin of genocide

Vladimir Putin speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the State Council on Youth Policy in Moscow, Russia, December 22, 2022 (Reuters)

A powerful editorial written by the newspaper’s journalism department The Washington Post He raised that Vladimir Putinboss The Kremlin and responsible for invasion Ukraine It has been committing genocide according to the definition given by international organizations and organizations until last February 24th.

War is messy, inexplicable and devastating for the children caught up in it.”, the text begins. And he continues: “War is not an excuse to take children away from their parents and their country, as Russia is doing now in Ukraine. It is specifically prohibited by the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Transferring Ukrainian children to Russia – and attempts to brainwash them, eliminate their language and culture – It is a crime of genocide that must be prosecuted”.

A newspaper from the capital America, also indicated that the abduction of minors was planned by Russian authorities as part of the invasion of the neighboring country. Last Saturday, December 24, the editorial quoted a speech written by journalists Robin Dixon Y Natalia AppakumovaIn which they describe the methods they use Russia Suitable for Ukrainian children. “Vladimir Putin issued a decree in May making it easier for Russians to adopt Ukrainian children, and Maria Lavova-Belova, the Russian commissioner for children’s rights, openly advocates that ‘kids should be stripped of their Ukrainian identity and taught to love Russia’. Following this principle, report” Historians.

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In recent reports to official television, Lvova-Belova He explained how he converted the kidnapped minors. Officer Putin After the insult, the victims approached the figure, he told reporters Putin“The same verbal aggressions as the little ones.”‘Become in love with Russia’”.

The number of Ukrainian children trafficked by Russia It is not clear. Daria HerasimchukA Ukrainian children’s rights leader estimates that around 11,000 children have been taken from their parents.

“The taking of these children appears to be in violation of the treaty, which aims at unlawful acts ‘intended to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.'” The treaty prohibits the “forcible transfer of children from one group to another”. The Genocide Convention also prohibits acts of destruction of the culture, language and religion of a protected group, including children.. Facts Ms Lavova-Belova and Mr Putin agree about the integration of Ukrainian children into Russia and the destruction of their culture Intent to commit genocide as defined by the Convention“, he says The Washington Post.

Drawings of children are seen inside a wooden structure at a checkpoint, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, near Bagmud in the Donetsk region of Ukraine last May (Reuters)
Drawings of children are seen inside a wooden structure at a checkpoint, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, near Pakmut in the Donetsk region of Ukraine last May (Reuters)

The North American newspaper compares what he does Putin with plans Nazi Germany. “The Genocide Treaty clause was adopted in the shadow of Nazi atrocities, including one program Heinrich Himmler Kidnap the kids from Poland They should be placed in German orphanages or German families and brought up as Germans.”

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The first convictions in the Nazi war crimes trials were for child abductions. Prosecutor Harold Neely noted that “it is no defense to say that a trafficker treated his victim well”, noting that “these innocent children were kidnapped to be indoctrinated with Nazi ideology and educated as ‘good’ Germans”. It serves to make crime worse, not to reduce it.

The Washington Post Concludes: “Russia, the successor to the Soviet Union, is a party to the Genocide Convention. But Mr. Putin has little respect for international law or any kind of ethics in his war to destroy Ukraine’s democracy and its people. He and other Russian officials complicit in the crimes of genocide against children must be held accountable”.