Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia Seeks Over 1,500 Criminals Through Interpol Including British Citizen

Posted by Info on 24/11/2010

Russia is searching for 1,535 criminals through Interpol channels and needs more bilateral extradition agreements with foreign countries.
“At present, Interpol arrest warrants have been issued for 1,535 convicted and suspected criminals on Russia’s request,” Maj. Gen. Timur Lakhonin, the head of the National Interpol Bureau in Russia. He said that the extradition of Russian criminals from foreign countries had been hampered by the “lack of bilateral extradition agreements.”
“Russia only has such agreements with 68 countries.”

According to Lakhonin, 38 persons were extradited to Russia from 16 countries in 2009 with Interpol’s assistance.
Russia extradited 16 criminals to other countries during the same period.

Zakayev, who took part in the first Chechen War and allegedly led attacks on federal forces, was placed on an international wanted list by Russia in 2001 but was granted political asylum by Britain in 2003. Russia has repeatedly asked Britain to extradite him, but the request has invariably been denied.
Interpol will continue to keep tabs on the movements of Chechen separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev, wanted on terrorist charges by Russia, the head of the organization said on Monday.


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