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    MOSCOW, December 18 (RIA Novosti) - Five people on Russia's wanted list will be extradited to Russia in the next few days, the head of the country's Interpol Bureau said on Thursday.

    "People will be extradited from Sweden, the Czech Republic, Germany, Finland and France," police Major General Timur Lakhonin said.

    The Interpol Russia chief said his foreign colleagues had "decided to end formalities and extradite whoever possible in the run-up to Christmas holidays."

    Over 50 people have been extradited to Russia from 22 countries in 2008, a record for Interpol Russia. About 89 suspects are currently in the process of being extradited.

    "Among them, 18 people were wanted on charges of fraud, six of theft, three of smuggling and three of drug dealing," Lakhonin said.

    As of December 1, a total of 1,240 people are on Russia's international wanted list, 316 of whom face murder charges, 302 - fraud charges, 103 suspected of being involved in terrorist activity, 145 searched for robberies and extortions, 174 for smuggling and 46 for drug-related crimes.

    "In addition, 174 people are listed as missing," the official said.

    Russia, in its turn, extradited 18 people this year, including six to Lithuania, three to Germany, two to Latvia and two to Austria. Suspected criminals were also extradited to Estonia, Finland, Poland, Turkey and Croatia, one to each country.

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