In this file photo taken on July 04, 2017 Interpol vice president Alexander Prokopchuk (L) and and Meng Hongwei, president of Interpol, attend the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore on July 4, 2017. (AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN)
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Two of the Kremlin's most prominent critics joined forces on Tuesday to try to stop a Russian becoming the next president of international police organization Interpol, saying they feared Moscow would abuse the post to hunt down its detractors.Russian dissident and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Tuesday gave a news conference in London alongside U.S.-born Kremlin critic Bill Browder at which both warned against Prokopchuk's election, saying it would make it easier for the Kremlin to manipulate Interpol.On Monday, four U.S. senators jointly urged President Donald Trump to oppose Prokopchuk's candidacy and accused Russia of abusing Interpol to settle scores and harass dissidents by issuing warrants, known as red notices, for their arrest.Browder was briefly detained by Spanish police in May on a Russian Interpol red notice that was then deemed invalid.Russia's Ministry of the Interior defended Prokopchuk.
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