Practice Relating to Rule 50. Destruction and Seizure of Property of an Adversary
The Russian Federation’s Military Manual (1990) provides that “destruction or seizure of enemy property, unless such actions are required by military necessity,” are prohibited methods of warfare.
The Russian Federation’s Regulations on the Application of IHL (2001) states: “The prohibited methods of warfare include … destroying or capturing the enemy property, unless required by military necessity.”
The Russian Federation’s Decree on the Punishment of War Criminals (1965) states that the “German fascist invaders are guilty of … barbaric destruction of thousands of towns and villages”.