Latvia to seek National Bolshevik Beness Aijo's extradition from Russia

  • 2020-02-12
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia will ask Russian authorities to extradite National Bolshevik activist Beness Aijo who several years ago fled Latvia to join Kremlin-backed separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine.

Una Brenca, chief prosecutor at the international cooperation department of the Latvian Prosecutor General’s Office, told LETA through her spokeswoman Una Reke that Latvia will Aijo’s extradition and has sent a temporary detention request.

Representatives of the State Security Service confirmed to LETA that the service has been informed about Aijo’s detention in Russia.

In July 2019, the State Security Service asked the prosecution office of the Riga judicial district to prosecute Aijo for illegal participation in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Aijo has now been detained in Russia's Arkhangelsk region, Russia’s Regnum agency reported, citing Communist Party representative Dmitry Sarayev.

Latvian citizen Aija had been on international search for joining the terrorists in Eastern Ukraine. He was detained in a village of Yarensk where he had arrived to support environmental activists protesting against development of a landfill.

Sarayev noted that Aija had been a member of neo-fascist National Bolshevik party that now is a part of the Communist Party of the Donetsk Republic, known under a nickname of Black Lenin.

Sarayev claims that the Russian authorities have detained Aija based on Ukraine's request and he might face extradition to Ukraine.