Russian official Alexander Prokopchuk is set to become the next head of Interpol, in what The Times calls a “significant victory for the Kremlin” in spite of concerns that Moscow has been using the international policing agency to target political opponents.

If elected, the 56-year-old Russian interior ministry veteran would replace Meng Hongwei, the still-missing former president who resigned last month amid an investigation by Chinese anti-corruption authorities. 

Meng was taken for questioning by Chinese “discipline authorities” after taking a September 25 flight from Stockholm. The day he disappeared he texted his wife Grace an emoji of a knife, implying his life was in danger. She reported him missing on October 4.

After Interpol demanded to know Meng’s status, Beijing said that he was under investigation by the National Supervisory Commission (NSC) for illegal conduct. A resignation letter was also sent to Interpol. To date, China has provided no evidence that Meng is actually alive.  On Friday,…

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