Interpol cancelled on August 16 the “red notice” international arrest warrant for the former co-owner of Russian oil company Yukos and business partner of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Leonid Nevzlin.
Nevzlin was also accused of tax fraud in 2003 when Yukos’ main shareholder Khodorkovsky was jailed and the company nationalised when it was sold off to state-owned oil major Rosneft. He fled Russia for self-imposed exile in Israel, and was convicted of murder and attempted murder in addition to fraud and sentenced to life in prison in absentia by a Russian court.
Interpol cancelled Russia’s request for Nevzlin’s arrest after a closed meeting on June 29 of the Interpol Commission, which ruled that Russia’s request for his arrest was "predominantly political," and recommended that the General Secretariat of Interpol in Lyon “remove all data on the entrepreneur” from the international organisation’s system. The Secretariat carried out the recommendation on August 4, reported RBC.
Nevzlin took Israeli citizenship at the end of 2003 where he has been living ever since. The Russian Prosecutor General's Office applied to Interpol to put him on the international wanted list in 2005.