The US National Central Bureau of Interpol informed of fake offices of the organization appearing in Russia. The offices conduct their activities in various regions and even have special documents and insignia with the symbols of the international police.
Interpol agents in Russia’s Murmansk region, for example, work in the towns that are located near the borders of Norway and Finland.
They show their IDs to local officials and citizens. The IDs looked like official Interpol IDs, in blue morocco cover and with a metal badge shaped as the Interpol emblem on them. The ‘agents’ use the attributes of the international organization to either derive their own personal profit or avoid responsibilities for committing civil wrongs.
The US National Central Bureau of Interpol received similar information from Moscow, the Krasnodar region, as well as from the Tyumen and the Astrakhan regions of Russia.
Spokespeople for Interpol at Russia’s Internal Affairs Ministry said that Interpol agents use only standard IDs of Internal Affairs Ministry officers.
“They have no special badges, nor do they use special license plate numbers on their vehicles. Any ID and any badge that identifies a person as an officer of the Russian Bureau of Interpol is either a fake or a souvenir product,” an official said.
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Its membership of 187 countries provides finance of around $59 million through annual contributions. The organization's headquarters are in Lyon, France. It is the second largest intergovernmental organization; after the United Nations.
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He was replaced by Arturo Herrera Verdugo, current National Commissioner of Policía de Investigaciones de Chile and former vice president for the American Zone, who remained acting president until the organization meeting in October 2008, and was subsequently replaced by National Commissioner of the Singapore Police Force, Khoo Boon Hui.
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