On February 11, Benes Ayo, a member of the Donetsk City Committee of the Communist Party of the Donetsk People’s Republic, was detained in the village of Yarensk in the Arkhangelsk Region. He came to this region of the Russian Federation in order to support opponents of the construction of a landfill in the village of Shiyes, where solid household waste from Moscow is to be dumped. According to preliminary information, our comrade was detained due to a request by Ukraine to Interpol, so he faces deportation to this country.
Benes Ayo is known throughout the world as a fiery fighter for socialism, against Latvian and Ukrainian nationalism, for the freedom and independence of Donbass. In 2014, he came to Donetsk to support the rebellious people. First at rallies, and then at the front with arms in hand, he fought selflessly for the Donetsk People’s Republic. Benes Ayo has repeatedly stated that he is ready to give his life for the Donbass.
The deportation to Ukraine of a defender of the Donetsk People’s Republic is unacceptable! If extradited, he faces deportation to Latvia, of which he is a native. The Latvian authorities have opened several criminal cases against Benes Ayo for his participation in the conflict in the Donbass. We, the Communists of the DPR, demand the immediate release of our comrade and his return to the Donetsk People’s Republic!
Central Committee, Communist Party of the Donetsk People’s Republic
February 12, 2020
Translated by Greg Butterfield