Putin loyalist loses bid for Interpol’s presidency after U.S. lobbying campaign

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By Alastair Jamieson

A bid by a Vladimir Putin loyalist to become president of Interpol was thwarted Wednesday following a lobbying campaign by the U.S. and its European allies.

The Trump administration and a group of senators opposed the candidacy of Maj. Gen. Alexander Prokopchuk of Russia’s Interior Ministry, alleging an election win would allow Moscow to abuse Interpol’s “red notice” system to go after political opponents.

Russia accused its critics of running a “campaign to discredit” their candidate, saying Prokopchuk was a respected professional.

The vacancy arose after the international crime agency’s previous president, Meng Hongwei, was detained in China.

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