INTERPOL Refused to Cooperate with Russia on Extradition – Will Russia Leave INTERPOL Membership?

  • INTERPOL refused to cooperate in the extradition of the former Ukrainian defense minister Anatoly Hrytsenko.
  • The case is pertaining to the alleged public suggestion of carrying out terrorist activities within Russia.
  • Russia has been a member of INTERPOL since 1990.

It was announced INTERPOL refused to cooperate in extradition of the former Ukrainian Defense Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko. The International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as INTERPOL, is an international organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control. It was established in 1923 and is located in Lyons, France.  Anatoliy Stepanovych Hrytsenko is a Ukrainian politician, independent member of the current Ukrainian parliament, former Minister of Defence, member of the Our Ukraine political party and leader of the Civil Position party.

former Ukrainian Defense Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko.

Russia has been a member of INTERPOL since 1990. According to the INTERPOL, Russia maintains 80 regional units across the country, each providing the main Moscow NCB with criminal intelligence sourced from local field investigations and operations. The NCB shares this national police intelligence with other NCBs across the globe so that together they can monitor the transnational crime situation and take preventive action when required.

However, the General Secretariat of INTERPOL has informed Russia that its mandate does not include participating in political and military conflicts. Anatoly Hrytsenko is charged in Russia under Part 2 article 205.2 of the criminal code of the Russian Federation.

Article 205. Act of Terrorism

1. The carrying out of an explosion, arson or other actions intimidating the population, and creating the threat of human death, of infliction of significant property damage or the onset of other grave consequences, for the purpose of influencing the taking of a decision by authorities or international organisations, and also the threat of commission of the said actions for the same purposes –

shall be punishable by a term of imprisonment of eight to fifteen years.

2. The same actions:

a) committed by a group of persons in preliminary conclusion or by an organised group;

According to the INTERPOL, Russia maintains 80 regional units across the country, each providing the main Moscow NCB with criminal intelligence sourced from local field investigations and operations.

INTERPOL also recommended the removal of Hrytsenko from their search databases. The case originated with the Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation which has, since January 2011, been the main federal investigating authority in Russia. The agency replaced the Russian Prosecutor General’s Investigative Committee and operates as Russia’s anti-corruption agency. It is answerable to the President of Russia and has statutory responsibility for inspecting the police forces, combating police corruption and police misconduct and is responsible for conducting investigations into local authorities and federal governmental bodies.

The Hrytsenko charges stem from accusations that he made public announcements and suggested a need for terrorism activities against Russia in the media. He was put on the international wanted list. He is located in Ukraine and the national legislation of Ukraine does not extradite to Russia, period.

TASS MEDIA claims that during a live broadcast he appealed to the public to start terrorist activities by bombing Russian trains.

The question remains, will Russia leave INTERPOL membership over this? As of late, the Kremlin has been leaving quite a few international treaties on the eve of the proposed amendments to the Russian constitution.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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