Two Latvian fugitives remain on Europe's 'Most Wanted' list

Two Latvian citizens remain on the list of the European Union's most wanted fugitives. They are Leons Rusiņš, wanted for murder, and Romāns Ivančuks, wanted for drug trafficking.

According to Europol, Ivančuks has been on the Most Wanted list since September 2022 and is suspected of illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

"Organised crime group member IVANČUKS f/n Romāns in 2019 was involved in unauthorised acquisition, storage and forwarding of narcotic substances (cocaine) through several countries for the purpose of disposal and unauthorised disposal," says his Most Wanted listing.

Meanwhile Rusiņš' case scandalized Latvia earlier this year. 

"RUSINS f/n Leons is found to be the suspect for the murder with particular cruelty. On 16.04.2023. in Latvia, Jekabpils region RUSINS blocked the road in front of the car driven by his ex-wife, son and ex-wife's mother. RUSINS smashed the door window of the car and in presence of his minor son and ex-wife's mother inflicted several opened-chop, stab-wounds dangerous to life in the area of face and neck, which directly resulted in death of his ex-wife," says his listing.

Leons Rusiņš
Leons Rusiņš

Following the murder, many people assumed that Rusiņš had immediately done away with himself – however, his body has never been found and it remains a distinct possibility that he remains at large somewhere.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of either of them – or, indeed any of the persons on the most wanted list – can report anonymously at: or direct to the Latvian State Police.

"You have the power. One tip could make all the difference in the fight against crime. One tip could help bring a dangerous fugitive down and save potential victims," says Europol.


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