Interpol's New President May Be Russian - Yes You Read That Right

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They said his role in the Kremlin, heading the department that deals with Interpol requests, had seen numerous "politically motivated" decisions.

The joint press conference has another ironic twist: Before rebranding himself as a fearless human rights crusader, Browder was an outspoken supporter of Vladimir Putin, even lauding the Russian leader for his "battle" against Khodorkovsky, whose "activities in the mid-1990s became synonymous with corporate governance abuse". "It was his government that cheated and hacked in elections in the United States and Europe", Browder said of Putin.

The Baltic state may withdraw from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) in the event that Russian Major General Prokopchuk is elected as its next president; the resolution was adopted by Lithuanian parliamentarians, Delfi reported Tuesday, November 20.

Fears are rife that Moscow could abuse the Interpol presidency to target political opponents. The group's chief, Jago Russell, said a Russian official as Interpol president could stall or reverse those reforms.

"Either countries back away from it and find other ways to co-operate, or Interpol fixes its system so that it can be trusted".

Interpol itself won't comment on the upcoming vote.

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Eddings said their decision should be recognised as a bookend to any further debate about the length of the bans on the three cricketers.

While the president of Interpol is not in charge of day-to-day operations - the secretary general holds that responsibility - the holder of the position can influence its overall strategy.

While its charter explicitly proclaims its neutrality, the organization has faced criticism that governments have abused the "red notice" system to go after political enemies and dissidents.

"This is probably a certain kind of interference in the electoral process of an global organization", Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Marco Rubio of Florida, Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire and Chris Coons of DE have called on President Donald Trump and other countries to reject Prokopchuk's candidacy.

This is far from the first time that Interpol's votes are causing controversy.

It follows the disappearance of Interpol's former president Meng Hongwei, who is being investigated by China's anti-corruption authorities. Amnesty International criticized "China's longstanding practice of trying to use Interpol to arrest dissidents and refugees overseas". Interpol members voted previous year to admit Palestine as a member, creating an uproar in Israel.

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