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National Bolshevik Aijo Beness’ supporters attack Latvian general consulate in Russia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn the night to Friday, May 30th, radicals of Eduard Limonov’s Other Russia movement attacked the Latvian general consulate in St Petersburg, tossing petards and smoke grenades at the building and setting up a USSR flag on the façade of the building.

Activists demanded the release of their comrade – Aijo Beness. They also shouted words like ‘Freedon to Beness!’ and ‘Russian spring in Latvia’. Activists also tossed different pamphlets around.

‘Aijo Beness is accused of making statements that encourage the restoration of USSR, which goes against the so-called independence of the pseudo-state of Latvia. Nevertheless, nostalgia for USSR is growing in Latvia. This nostalgia covers many levels of Latvia’s society. It is more like Beness has radically expressed what the majority of Latvia’s population thinks,’ – said in one of the pamphlets.

Security Police has launched a criminal process against Aijo Beness for his calls of forceful overthrowing of the Latvian government and change of Latvia’s government structure, as well as calls to liquidate the independence of the Republic of Latvia.

Aijo was detained at Riga Airport on May 14th. The law allows authorities to keep a person under arrest for up to 48 hours. After the end of this measure, authorities are supposed to apply a non-restrictive measure. The court is to decide on the application of the arrest.

Security Police had previously told the press that Aijo was expelled from Ukraine for the breach of the three-year ban for him to enter the country. He nevertheless attempted to cross the border along with two other activists, but was found and caught by Ukrainian Border Guard.

This is the second case launched against Aijo for calls encouraging residents to overthrow power in Latvia.

In November 2005, Riga Regional Court found Aijo guilty for a call to use force in overthrowing state power. He was sentenced to nine months of prison. Following an appeal, the prison sentence was replaced with a fine of EUR 13,660. His cassation complaint was declined, however.

In accordance with a ruling of the first instance court, on October 17th, 2004, Aijo went to the office of Diena newspaper. There he handed over two A4 format sheets with text written in Russian. These sheets contained proclamations of Latvian National Bolshevik activists. Texts contained many instances of hate and calls aimed against Latvian power institutions, State President, members of the government and Riga City Council.

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