Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday stated his government’s strong support for Alexander Prokopchuk to become the next president of Interpol. The international law enforcement organization will hold an election on Wednesday to replace president Meng Hongwei, arrested and jailed in China last month on corruption charges. “Of course, we back the bid of the Russian candidate, and we undoubtedly want him to win the election,” Peskov said of Prokopchuk, who currently presides over the Russian Interior Ministry’s National Central Bureau of Interpol.The other leading candidate for the position is Kim Jong-yang of South Korea, senior vice president of Interpol’s Executive Committee and acting president since Meng resigned from his post in October. Meng Hongwei, the first Chinese national to serve as Interpol president, was “disappeared” by the Chinese government in September when he traveled from Interpol headquarters in France to visit family in China. The Chinese government later responded to the international uproar over Meng’s disappearance by charging him with corruption in his capacity as vice chairman of China’s Ministry of Public Security. Meng’s wife Grace, speaking from the relative safety of Paris, accused the Chinese government of fabricating the charges against him for political reasons. Among other grievances,… Read full this story
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