In 2020, Interpol removed a “red notice” from the founder of PMC Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, about the immediate arrest, considering it politically motivated
The Interpol File Control Commission ruling found The Intercept in the files of a Moscow law firm leaked as part of a joint project with OCCRP.
The so-called “red notice” (red notice) is a warning to international law enforcement agencies around the world to make a provisional arrest in order to help solve a crime or catch an alleged criminal.
Prigozhin’s recent admission that he actually tried to interfere in the US elections could spark a new wave of controversy about Interpol’s actions. In a commentary to The Intercept, Prigozhin stated: “50 young guys that I personally organized kicked the ass of the entire American government. And we will continue to do this as many times as it takes.”
Interpol has been repeatedly criticized for being vulnerable to political exploitation.