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Russia Update: April 25, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Russian Prosecutor Claims Interpol to Review Khodorkovsky Case for 'Wanted' List; Interpol Denies
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The Russian Prosecutor General's Office claimed that businessman and former political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky was going to be put on Interpol's international "wanted" list, Interfax reported. But as with past reports, the claim turned out to be false.

Aleksandr Kurennoy, a representative of the Prosecutor General's Office, told Interfax (translation by The Interpreter):

"Representatives of the Interpol headquarters expressed readiness to return to the review of this issue in the event that Moscow would prepare a package of additional materials on this case (regarding the murder of the mayor of Nefteyugansk)."

He said the statement was made during a meeting of a working group at Interpol in which a delegation Russian Prosecutor General's Office took part.

A source told Interfax that the decision to put Khodorkovsky on the list may be reviewed.

But when the independent news site RBC contacted Interpol directly and asked for a clarification, an Interpol representative said Interpol's position was "unchanged," i.e. Khodorkovsky is not on the wanted list.

A representative at the Interpol headquarters in Lyons told RBC:

"No changes have occurred in the status of the case since the time the request was made to declare Khodorkovsky wanted, which was issued by Russian, was declared inconsistent with the rules of the organization."

The representative also added that contrary to recent press claims, Interpol's General Secretariat did not request any additional information from the Russian government on Khodorkovsky's case.

The Interior Ministry, which is the agency that houses the Russian national bureau of Interpol, had no comment, said RBC.

Khodorkovsky's press secretary Kulle Pispanen told RBC that the Interfax claim was "the latest canard and plant by the Investigative Committee" in the media.

The false claim was picked up even by independent media and other credible sources and disseminated in English before news of Interpol's rebuttal got out:

Earlier this year, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a case against Khodorkovsky, claiming he was involved in the murder of Petukhov, but Interpol has not followed suit.


-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick