Ronen Steinke, Berlin
International investigations into Russian war crimes began just days after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24. That was nine months ago, and impatience is now growing in the West, and not only among politicians. The former UN judge at the Yugoslavia tribunal, Wolfgang Schomburg from Germany, calls it “annoying” that international justice has been so “little visible” from his point of view. Furthermore, there are no public decisions from The Hague against Russia, complains Schomburg – no arrest warrants, no indictments. This is a failure, “especially now that there is an opportunity to show for the first time that international criminal law can also work against those responsible in the great powers”.