Region: Europe
National Central Bureau: Moscow
Member since: 27 September 1990
How INTERPOL supports Russia to tackle international crime.

Tackling Eurasian organized crime

Russia is the world’s largest country by area, and shares borders with countries in northern Asia and Europe. Identifying, investigating and preventing serious crime across Europe and Asia is a large part of the daily work carried out by INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Moscow.

The NCB’s global police cooperation activities are centered on Russia’s crime areas of priority concern; these include terrorism, organized crime – particularly drug and financial crime - and the international fugitive investigations these generate. Cybercrime is also an emerging crime area of concern.

INTERPOL in Russia


To ensure the NCB can best support national efforts to tackle Russia’s main crime concerns, it comprises the following units:

  • Fugitive investigations
  • Organized crime and terrorism
  • Economic crime and counterfeit currency
  • Stolen motor vehicles
  • Stolen works of art
  • Drugs
  • Firearms and explosives
  • Cybercrime
  • Document forgery.

INTERPOL Russia maintains 80 regional units across the country, each providing the main Moscow NCB with criminal intelligence sourced from local field investigations and operations.

The NCB shares this national police intelligence with other NCBs across the globe so that together they can monitor the transnational crime situation and take preventive action when required.

Russia Police Service

Law enforcement services in Russia are provided by several different departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs:
· Investigative Department
· Main Directorate for Traffic Safety
· Main Directorate for Public Safety and Coordination of interactions with Executive Bodies of the Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation
· Main Directorate for Internal Security
· Main Directorate for Transport
· Main Directorate for Criminal investigation
· Main Directorate for Economic security and Combating the corruption
· Main Directorate for Migration
· Main Directorate for Drug control
· Main Directorate for Operational Response
· Main Directorate for work with personnel (HR Department)
· Department of Records and Work with citizens and Organizations
· Department of Information Technologies, Communication and Information Protection
· Department of Logistical and Medical Support
· Department for Financial and Economic Policy and for Ensuring the Social Guarantees
· Treaty and Law Department
· Organizational and Analytical Department
· Administration for the Organization of combating the illegal use of information and communication technologies
· Administration for Interaction with Civil Society and the Media
· Administration for International Cooperation