Criminal case requested against National Bolshevik activist

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The Security Police (DP) on Thursday submitted to the Riga District Court a request to initiate criminal proceedings against a Latvian citizen for three violations of the Criminal Law – the public exhortation to violently overthrow state power, to liquidate Latvia’s national independence and to undermine Latvia’s territorial integrity.

According to information obtained by agency LETA, the subject of the request is National Bolshevik party activist Beness Aijo, who is the only person currently known to have been under criminal scrutiny by the DP.

As informed by the DP, LETA reported that the person has violated the three consecutive Articles 81, 82 and 83 of the Criminal Laew, which outline seditious activity for which criminal liability would apply.

As the DP recounted, on April 2 evidence was obtained following investigations that the person’s actions were consciously deliberate and intended to overthrow the state. The evidence on the whole was deemed sufficient to request prosecution to launch a criminal inquiry.

Aijo was detained at Riga International Airport on May 14 after being extradited from Ukraine for repeatedly violating a ban on entering the country for three years.

This is the second case brought against Aijo, who served two months in jail in 2005 for a similar conviction. He was also fined 9600 lats (€13,660) at the time.

In this case, Aijo had submitted two flyers to the editorial offices of daily newspaper Diena, which contained exhortations by the National Bolshevik movement (in Russian) sharply inimical to Latvia’s state authorities, government and the Riga City Council


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