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Kremlin Watch Briefing: The Kremlin failed to take over Interpol
The Kremlin failed to win control over Interpol
The Times of London reported that Alexander Prokopchuk, a senior Russian official, was expected to be elected as the next president of Interpol at the organization’s General Assembly meeting this week. The position has been vacant since the arrest of former president Hongew, who was detained under opaque circumstances by the Chinese government. Prokopchuk currently serves as Interpol’s vice president and also heads the Russian National Central Bureau, which coordinates work between Interpol and Russia. In this latter role, Prokopchuk directly oversaw, facilitated, and endorsed Russia’s abuse of Interpol in order to harass Kremlin critics around the world and attempt to influence elections in Estonia. Several European countries, the United States and numerous human rights organizations expressed their worries that Prokopchuk’s win would indicate that Interpol no longer serves an unbiased platform for international law enforcement but rather as an instrument of power for authoritarian nations. During the Interpol congress in Dubai today, Alexander Prokopchuk was defeated by the South Korean candidate Kim Jong Yang.
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1 hour ago by rgl7194
Opinion | Why Corruption Matters - The New York Times
Remember all the news reports suggesting, without evidence, that the Clinton Foundation’s fund-raising created conflicts of interest? Well, now the man who benefited from all that innuendo is on his way to the White House. And he’s already giving us an object lesson in what real conflicts of interest look like, as authoritarian governments around the world shower favors on his business empire.
Of course, Donald Trump could be rejecting these favors and separating himself and his family from his hotels and so on. But he isn’t. In fact, he’s openly using his position to drum up business. And his early appointments suggest that he won’t be the only player using political power to build personal wealth. Self-dealing will be the norm throughout this administration. America has just entered an era of unprecedented corruption at the top.
The question you need to ask is why this matters. Hint: It’s not the money, it’s the incentives.
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2 hours ago by rgl7194
Interpol elects South Korean as its president, in blow to Russia | World news | The Guardian
Kim Jong-yang defeats Russian accused of overseeing police targeting of dissidents
South Korea’s Kim Jong-yang has been elected as Interpol’s next president, edging out a longtime veteran of Russia’s security services who was strongly opposed by the US, Britain and other European nations.
The White House and its European partners had lobbied against Alexander Prokopchuk’s attempts to be named the next president of the international police body, saying his election would lead to further Russian abuses of Interpol’s “red notice” system to go after political opponents.
Prokopchuk is a general in the Russian interior ministry and serves as an Interpol vice-president.
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3 hours ago by rgl7194
South Korean named Interpol president in blow to Russia
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Interpol elected a South Korean as the organization’s president on Wednesday, edging out a veteran of Russia’s security services who was strongly opposed by the United States, Britain and other European nations.
Kim Jong Yang’s surprise election was seen as a victory for the White House and its European partners, who had lobbied up until the final hours before the vote against Alexander Prokopchuk’s bid to be named the policing organization’s next president.
The U.S. and others expressed concern that if Russia’s candidate had been elected, that would have led to further Kremlin abuses of Interpol’s red notice system to go after political opponents and fugitive dissidents.
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3 hours ago by rgl7194
Whitaker's shady $1.2M
Payments from an opaque non-profit, possibly illegal, unclear what they were actually for
whitaker  politics  corruption  trump 
19 hours ago by nelson

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