Interpol rejects Russia's request to put Chief of Ukraine’s General Staff on wanted list

Interpol has refused to place Viktor Muzhenko, the Chief of Ukraine’s General Staff, on the international wanted list at Russia’s request, as was stated during a press conference by the head of the Ukrainian Interpol Bureau, Vasyl Nevolya.

According to him, the same decision was made regarding Russia’s request to search for the ex-governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Ihor Kolomoyskyi, and the Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov. "The answer was the same... it is contrary to Interpol’s charter and rules," Nevolya informed.

According to him, these decisions show that the work of Interpol has not become biased in relation to Ukraine after the election of Russian citizen, Alexander Prokopchuk, as its Vice President. Nevolya stressed that Interpol is closely examining all materials sent by both Ukraine and Russia.

In total, 1,763 people have been declared wanted at Ukraine’s request. According to the head of the Ukrainian Interpol Bureau, 64 of them are hiding in Russia. Approximately the same number of Russians that are wanted by Interpol, are hiding in Ukraine.

Last year, the Russian Investigation Committee initiated two criminal cases against Viktor Muzhenko "for using prohibited means of warfare" and the "genocide of a national group of Russian-speakers."

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