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National Bolshevik Beness Aijo accused of taking part in armed conflict in Ukraine

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the middle of April 2019, Latvia’s State Security Service declared National Bolshevik Beness Aijo a suspect in a case regarding illegal participation in the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine, as reported by LETA.

According to the agency’s information, SSS has sent a notification letter to Aijo’s registered address in Rezekne, informing him of his suspect status and ordering him to come and testify. For several years Aijo has been a wanted man. According to the many e-mails sent to mass media, Aijo is currently in Eastern Ukraine.

SSS investigator’s decision declaring Aijo a suspect mentions that the

1979-born man, who is not a soldier of Latvia’s National Armed Forces, is in Eastern Ukraine, where he uses firearms and other military equipment alongside other members of illegally formed armed groups and participated in military operations aimed against Ukraine’s government forces.

Such behaviour goes against international law binding to Latvia, SSS stresses.

This much is proven by the speeches, photos and media publications Aijo puts on the internet. The interview with Aijo included in TV3 documentary Revolūcijas eksportētāji [Exporters of revolution] is proof as well.

SSS has confirmed that the person in question was applied with status suspect on 15 April for illegal participation in the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine and the person in question has been asked to testify. SSS has added that the person in question remains on the wanted list. Nevertheless, proper procedure detailed in the Criminal Process Law needs to be complied with regardless of where the suspect is located.

Considering that the investigation in this criminal process still continues, SSS refrained from commenting on the matter further.

As it is known, in February 2015 Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court declared Aijo a wanted man in a criminal case in which he is accused of publicly calling for a violent overthrowing of Latvia’s government. Aijo stood before court then, but he has since fled from Latvia. Not long after this, he re-emerged in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic in Donbass. He has also become a member of armed forces there and regularly participated in combat operations.

Changes to the Criminal Law came to force on 19 February 2015. Changes prohibit residents from illegally taking part in armed conflicts in foreign countries. Because of that, SSS has commenced a new criminal process against Aijo.


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