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29 April 2013 - Media release

INTERPOL recognizes Russian police for swift capture of suspect in fatal shooting in Belgorod

LYON, France – The Head of INTERPOL has recognized the professionalism of Russian law enforcement in the swift location and arrest of the suspect in the recent Belgorod shooting in which six people were killed, including a 14-year-old girl.

Following the shooting on Monday 22 April, Russian authorities launched a massive manhunt involving some 2,000 officers. Just 36 hours later the suspect, Sergei Pomazun, was arrested on a freight train as he was attempting to flee the city.

During his visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, Russia’s Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev was presented with a letter of recognition and certificates commending the bravery of the four officers who took the 31-year-old suspect into custody, one of whom suffered knife injuries during the arrest.

“This recognition by INTERPOL of the actions of the Russian police following the tragedy in Belgorod is one which I accept on behalf of all our law enforcement officers, and with pride in their professionalism,” said Minister Kolokoltsev.

“Threats to security and safety can come from anywhere at any time, which is why international police cooperation is essential and why Russia will continue to work closely with INTERPOL in combating all types of crime,” added the Minister.

“The swift reactions of the Russian law enforcement authorities to what was an horrific and apparently random shooting were both professional and effective, resulting in the fast location and arrest of the suspect,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“With one of the officers suffering knife injuries to his head during the apprehension of the suspect, this is once more a reminder of the dangers faced by police in the line of duty as part of their daily efforts to protect citizens around the world.

“I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the families of all the victims and wish the police officer who suffered injuries a full and speedy recovery,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

With the Belgorod shootings occurring just one week after the Boston Marathon bombing, the issue of terror attacks both domestic and international was high on the agenda for discussions between Secretary General Noble and Minister Kolokoltsev, particularly the need for information sharing.

Russia is an active member of INTERPOL’s anti-terrorism efforts through the Fusion Task Force initiatives, both through the National Central Bureau in Moscow and the Anti-Terrorism Centre of the Commonwealth of Independent States.