Beness Aijo

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Beness Aijo
Native name
Бенес Айо
Born (1979-06-08) 8 June 1979 (age 39)
EducationMaster of Biology, Master of Medical Microbiology
Alma materUniversity of Latvia
Birkbeck, University of London
OccupationBiologist, journalist
OrganizationKorean Friendship Association
Known forfar left political activism
Anti-Revisionist revolutionary militance
Political partyNational Bolshevik Party[1]
Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist–Leninist)
MovementMovement in solidarity with Palestine
2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine

Beness Aijo (Russian: Бенес Айо, born 8 June 1979 in Rēzekne, Latvian SSR) is a Latvian citizen and an activist of the National Bolshevik Party since 1998,[2] member of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist–Leninist), and the Korean Friendship Association-UK. Beness has participated in many actions in solidarity with Palestine. He was active in the 2014 Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and the pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine and is currently active in the War in Donbass. Beness has been arrested multiple times and tried for his political activities.


Beness Aijo was born in Rēzekne. His father is Ugandan and his mother is Russian. He studied biology at the University of Latvia.[3]

On 7 May 2005 Beness organized action against the visit of George W. Bush in Latvia. He was arrested during the action.[4][5]

In 2005 Beness was arrested and accused of calling for the overthrow of the political system[6] and subsequently went on hunger strike in prison.[7] He was released from prison after 14 days.[8][9]

Thereafter, Beness left Latvia and moved to the United Kingdom.[10] He studied Medical Microbiology at the University of London, Birkbeck. He played an active role in political rallies in the UK, where he was involved with the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist–Leninist) and attended pro-Palestinian marches.

In 2013 Beness was in Palestine where he took part in actions against the Israeli government.[11] From May–June 2013 he was in Palestine for one month. He participated in the international movement in support of Palestine, in which he assisted Palestinians in resisting Israeli authorities. While in Palestine Beness received medical training in the field.[12]

On 14 September 2013 in Moscow Beness participated in the congress of the political party The Other Russia.[13]

On 19 November 2013 Beness participated in London in a direct action in memory of Aleksandr Dolmatov.[14][15] On 29 November 2013 he organized in The Hague further direct action in memory of Dolmatov. Beness was arrested[16][17][18] and spent six weeks in Dutch prison.[19]

In 2014 Beness departed for the self-declared Republic of Crimea.[20] He was arrested in Donetsk on 1 April 2014 for "preparation of an armed coup to overthrow the government and to undermine the territorial integrity of Ukraine".[21][22] He was deported from Ukraine to the United Kingdom.[23]

In May 2014 Beness despite the ban from entering the country for three years, nevertheless tried to cross into Ukraine together with another two activists. He was detained by the Ukrainian Border Guard, and deported to Latvia where he was detained by the Security Police and the State Police at Riga Airport. Beness made claims he had been tortured and beaten by the Ukrainian National Guard.

On 16 May the Riga Central District Court ordered Beness taken into custody and the Security Police commenced criminal prosecution for incitement to violently overthrow the government of Latvia, to change the political system, and to liquidate Latvian national independence.[24] Beness has participated in several demonstrations in Riga since, including the 15 August demonstration against Latvia's foreign policy towards Russia and to call for the dismissal of Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs.[25]

Beness is currently wanted in Latvia on charges of sedition and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.[26] He is currently fighting as a part of the self-declared Luhansk People's Army.


  1. ^ Айо Бенес — магистр биологии и профессор НБП
  2. ^ Геополитика с Айо Бенесом. Часть 1
  3. ^ Айо Бенес — магистр биологии и профессор НБП. (23 March 2005). Retrieved on 1 May 2014.
  4. ^ Nacionālboļševiki iesaistās konfliktā ar policiju pie viesnīcas «Latvija». 7 May 2005.
  5. ^ "Акция против Джорджа Буша и задержание Рига, 7 мая 2005". Archived from the original on 6 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-06.. 7 May 2005
  6. ^ Noraida Benesa Aijo lietā iesniegto kasāciju. (5 December 2005). Retrieved on 1 May 2014.
  7. ^ Beness Aijo piesaka badastreiku. (5 December 2005). Retrieved on 1 May 2014.
  8. ^ No apcietinājuma izlaists Beness Aijo. (20 July 2006). Retrieved on 1 May 2014.
  9. ^ Бенес Айо: «Когда я дошел до 45 кг, меня пришлось выпустить». 21 July 2006.
  10. ^ Товарищ Бенес: «Живу в Англии»
  11. ^ Reportage about Beness in Daily Mail
  12. ^ An interview with Aijo Beness
  13. ^ Айо Бенес стал делегатом съезда партии Лимонова от Латвии, Британии и Палестины. (18 September 2013). Retrieved on 1 May 2014.
  14. ^ Активисты «Другой России» забросали дымовыми шашками посольство Голландии в Лондоне. (20 November 2013). Retrieved on 1 May 2014.
  15. ^ Посольство Нидерландов в Лондоне закидали файерами. 20 November 2013.
  16. ^ Айо Бенес или о том как "летучего голландца" судили в Гааге. (17 October 2011). Retrieved on 1 May 2014.
  17. ^ Требовавший расследовать смерть Александра Долматова нацбол Бенес Айо арестован в Нидерландах Archived 2 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine.. 1 December 2013.
  18. ^ Голландия передумала судить другоросса Бенеса Айо за терроризм. (27 April 2014). Retrieved on 1 May 2014.
  19. ^ Бенес Айо освободился из голландской тюрьмы Archived 2 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine.. 10 January 2014.
  20. ^ Возьмем Крым, а затем восток и пойдем на Киев
  21. ^ Latest News | Portal: in Donetsk arrested Ayo Benes. News2Night. Retrieved on 1 May 2014.
  22. ^ Extremists from the Crimea get over to Donetsk: on meeting for Yanukovych Aksenov's black "fighter". (22 March 2014). Retrieved on 1 May 2014.
  23. ^ The Latvian NBP member sent from Ukraine to London. 5 April 2014.
  24. ^ Bolshevik Aijo ordered locked up. 19 May 2014.
  25. ^ Foto: Aptuveni pussimts cilvēku prasa Rinkēviča atkāpšanos
  26. ^ Manhunt ordered for Beness Aijo

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