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Bipartisan Call From US Senate for Interpol to Reject Putin Loyalist

Bipartisan Call From US Senate for Interpol to Reject Putin Loyalist
Maj. Gen. Alexander Prokopchuk (AP)

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 07:08 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In a rare bipartisan moment on Capitol Hill, four U.S. Senators—two Democrats and two Republicans—joined together Monday evening to issue a strongly-worded statement calling on delegates to Interpol’s convention to reject a top lieutenant of Vladimir Putin as head of the international law enforcement organization.

“Interpol electing Major General Alexander Prokopchuk as its new president is akin to putting a fox in charge of a henhouse,” read the statement signed by Republican Sens. Marco Rubio, Fla., and Roger Wicker, Miss., and Democrat Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, N.H., and Chris Coons, Del.

All four are members of the Helsinki Commission, which promotes human rights in 57 countries.  Their statement came hours after a State Department spokesman revealed to Newsmax that the U.S. would oppose Prokopchuck’s candidacy at the Interpol General Assembly meeting this week in Dubai.

Former Russian Deputy Interior Minister Prokopchuk, the senators charged, “has been personally involved in [the] intimidation strategy which ultimate seeks to weaken Democratic institutions [in Russia] and embolden Putin’s authoritarian regime.”

The lawmakers also warned that the resulting access Prokopchuk would gain to sensitive law enforcement data as Interpol president “will bolster the Kremlin’s ability to harass critics living outside of Russia and aid other authoritarian regimes seeking to do the same.”

A vote on the presidency is expected on Wednesday by the General Assembly (voting delegates) of Interpol gathered in Dubai. 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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