27 years ago: Soviet Union joined Interpol

 Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers and member of Politburo of the Communist Party's Central Committee Nikolai Ryzhkov (right) meeting with Interpol President Ivan Barbot (left) at the Moscow Kremlin, 1990.

Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers and member of Politburo of the Communist Party's Central Committee Nikolai Ryzhkov (right) meeting with Interpol President Ivan Barbot (left) at the Moscow Kremlin, 1990.

Boris Prihodko/RIA Novosti
In total, there are 190 countries in the organization.

The International Police Organization (Interpol) was created in 1923 in Vienna. It operates under the Chapter of 1956 and includes 190 countries.

The USSR joined Interpol on Sept. 27, 1990 and since 1991, the National Central Bureau of Interpol has started operating in the Interior Ministry.

The main tasks of the bureau are the international exchange of information on criminal offenses and assisting requests made by international law enforcement organizations.

The bureau has 78 branches in Russia’s regions.

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