Bolshevik renegade runs to Lugansk, defies arrest

National Bolshevik revolutionary Beness Aijo, who is accused of incitement to violently overthrow the state, has fled Latvia and signed a one-year agreement with the armed forces of the self-proclaimed "Lugansk People's Republic", which, in the view of Latvian authorities, is a terrorist organization.

Aijo claimed to Russian newspaper "Vesti" that while he was in custody in Latvia, he acquired "the nationality of the Donetsk People's Republic, thus I am now both a Latvian citizen and a citizen of Novorossiya (New Russia)."

After his release, Aijo was placed under police surveillance. However soon thereafter, Aijo is reported to have fled by hitchhiking to Tallinn, then ferrying over to Finland by boat, and later freely entering Russia.

He vowed to prove his innocence in Latvia "some time later", but currently, he must "urgently assist the "people of New Russia" by joining the armed forces of the "Lugansk People's Republic.""

Aijo added that he could not remain in Latvia as he was "constantly being controlled by the Security Police" and unable to find a job, whereas "’New Russia’ requires his help."

As reported, Aijo was detained at Riga International Airport on May 14, 2014. The Security Police said at the time that Aijo was turned back from Ukraine after he, despite being banned from entering for three years, nevertheless tried to cross, together with two co-activists, and was detained by the Ukrainian Border Guard.

This is the second criminal case against Aijo for incitement to topple the government of Latvia and the political system, as well as put an end to Latvia's national independence.

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