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Interpol, under pressure from the West, rejects Russian who tried to lead it

But Prokopchuk has also been working for more than a decade in a Russian branch that has flooded Interpol with…

But Prokopchuk has also been working for more than a decade in a Russian branch that has flooded Interpol with requests for international warrants, called red messages, seeking the arrest of political dissidents and others. Interpol has rejected inquiries as considered bald politics, but the Russian government has sometimes found solutions by seeking another type of decision making known as a diffusion. Diffusions are circulated through Interpol but may not be reviewed there.

Investor Bill Browder, one of Kremlin’s most critical critics, is the most public goal of this effort. The Russian government has repeatedly sought its arrest. At the beginning of the year he lived his prison in Spain on an extradition issued by Moscow.

On Tuesday, Browder held a press conference in London and warned that President Vladimir V. Putin in Russia tried to use Interpol to scare his opponents.

“This is a perfect way for Putin to basically breathe the fear of God in all his enemies,” he said. “So they know they can not even fly from Russia if one of his guys is in the head of Interpol.”

The presidency is in many ways a ceremonial position in Interpol where executive power is held by the group’s secretary general. Former Interpol officials said that if he had become president, Prokopchuk had little ability to influence the release of red messages. They said that Interpol delegates were encouraged to vote for individual candidates, not in their homelands.

Interpol, despite its depiction in spy films, has no opportunity to investigate crimes or make arrests. Instead, it acts as a sort of UN for police organizations and a clearing house for the circulation of tips and information on law enforcement.

Still the prospect of Russian intervention over the election was exposed. US officials did not speak publicly about the vote, but in a speech to the Interpol leaders, attorney Rod J. Rosenstein warned against cybercriminals who tried to manipulate the international extradition process – two frequent criticisms of Russia. 19659015] Shortly after the vote, Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics Yang congratulated his victory. He said he was convinced that Interpol “will continue to maintain law enforcement as one of its core values.”

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