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Could Vladimir Putin be prosecuted for war crimes in Ukraine?

The Russian leader is accused of war crimes, but prosecution could be difficult.

Harrowing images and reports from Bucha – a town where hundreds of Ukrainian civilians appear to have been massacred – have shocked the world. US president Joe Biden has joined calls for Putin to face trial for war crimes.

Emily Tamkin in Washington, DC and Alix Kroeger in London discuss the atrocities, lessons learned from the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and why, despite huge public pressure, it is so difficult to prevent war crimes from being committed and to prosecute those responsible.

Also on the show: on Sunday (3 April) Viktor Orbán won a fourth consecutive term as Hungarian prime minister, in an election mired in allegations of corruption. Emily and Alix talk about what four more years of Orbán will mean for Hungary and its relations with the EU.

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Further reading:

Emily Tamkin on the long road to prosecuting war crimes.

Emily Tamkin asks what four more years of Viktor Orbán mean for Hungary.

Cas Mudde argues that Orbán’s unfair election victory makes a travesty of EU values.

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