Radio Free Europe notes that after the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, Russia called for the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to cease its activities. An Academy of Sciences representative, Artyem Ulunyan, is interviewed on his view of the matter:
RFE/RL: What’s the reasoning behind Russia calling for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to cease its activities?
Artyem Ulunyan: Russia doesn’t want it to be possible for former high officials to be tried in foreign or international courts that are not under Russian control.
RFE/RL: But isn’t the ICTY only concerned with crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia?
Ulunyan: What we seem to be talking about here is a precedent for the tribunal to be used by organizations not under its control. Russia most likely sees this as dangerous.
RFE/RL: What will Russia’s position be regarding the trial of Radovan Karadzic?
Ulunyan: I think this will be multifaceted. On the official level, there won’t be any actions or announcements. But at the semiofficial level, Russia’s dissatisfaction will be made clear. Pro-Kremlin youth organizations will be mobilized. Sections of the public will be fed propaganda arguing that Karadzic himself was not right, but his ideas were.
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