MOSCOW, November 10 (RAPSI) – Alexander Prokopchuk, the Head of the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) for Russia, sometimes also referred to as Interpol Moscow, has been elected the Interpol Vice-President for Europe by the agency’s General Assembly held in Bali, Indonesia, from November 7 to 10, the Russian Interior Ministry informs on its website on Thursday.

The Ministry notes that a Russian national has been elected to this post for the first time since Russia had become an Interpol member and believes that this election signifies recognition of the country’s contribution in the fight against international crime.  

Hongwei Meng, Vice-Minister of Public Security from China, has been elected the Interpol President.

Heads of national law enforcement bodies from 164 Interpol member states and representatives of leading international organizations took part in the work of the 85th Interpol General Assembly.

The Assembly focused on the problems relating to further improvement of the agency’s activities, in particular those concerning the fight against terrorism, organized crime, cybercrime, reforming of the Commission for the Control of Files (CCF), appointment of an advisor to conduct a study and make recommendations on the process for membership of Interpol, and optimization of the agency’s financing.

The next Interpol General Assembly is to be held in Peking in 2017.