Interpol Rejects Russia’s Request to Declare Khodorkovsky Wanted


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

12th february, 2016


Interpol rejected the request of Russia to declare Mikhail Khodorkovsky on the international wanted list. TASS was informed about this in the headquarters of the organization in Lyon.

“The request for the announcement of Mikhail Khodorkovsky on the international search was made at the National Central Bureau (NCB) Intepol in Moscow. It was sent directly to other member countries of Interpol”, – explained the main office in France.

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“After considering the request, the Interpol General Secretariat has determined that it does not meet the rules of the organization. In this regard, the NCB in Moscow was notified that Interpol cannot be used for international police cooperation on this case”, – said the headquarters. In accordance with the general procedure, the Secretariat has also informed all member countries of the organization and “recommended not to add Khodorkovsky to the national base” profile search for investigation.

In answering the question on the reason the request of Russia was rejected, the headquarters referred to article 3 of the organization’s Charter, which “flatly prohibits taking actions of political, military, religious or racial character”. At the same time, the spokesman noted that “Interpol has no right to exert any pressure on any country”. “Each member country of the organization in its territory has the right to determine what actions should be taken”, – concluded the headquarters in Lyon.

The Khodorkovsky Case

A criminal case against individuals among the executives of Yukos, involved in the organization of several particularly serious crimes, including the murder of the mayor of Nefteyugansk, Vladimir Petukhov, and the attempted murder of the Manager of the company “East Petroleum Handelsges mbH” Evgeny Rybin, was initiated in 1998. On 30th June last year, Russia’s Investigative Committee announced the resumption of the investigation in connection with the information of his role in the murder of Petukhov and other particularly serious crimes that could lead directly to Khodorkovsky.

On December 11th, the ex-head of Yukos was in absentia accused of the organisation of two murders and attempted murder, and was declared internationally wanted. The term of preliminary investigation has been extended to 30th July.

On 23th December 2015, Basmanny court of Moscow, at the request of the investigator, arrested Khodorkovsky in absentia. On Thursday it became known that on 3rd February the Russian centre of Interpol sent to the General Secretariat of the organization a request for an investigation into the former head of Yukos, who is accused of committing serious crimes. The inquiry was initiated at the request of the MOI of Russia in Moscow.

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