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European arrest warrant for MV-lehti founder to be sought

The Russian Intelligence funded neo-nazi hate group in Finland, MV-lehti, who runs a website and newspaper, was founded by Ilja Janitskin.  The Finnish government is working to get a European arrest warrant for his apprehension.

The website published six hate pieces about me, the first after I simply reviewed an article written by a Finnish independent journalist, Jessikka Aro. Since then I have been introduced to numerous Finns who are frustrated by Finnish inability to shut down this hate group.  We simply pointed out various illegal activities of MV-lehti, most notorious Ilja Janitskin and Johan Bäckman.  Janitskin has been hiding in Spain, running an online prostitution ring, selling copyrighted materials illegally, and maintaining websites for a number of hate groups.

Bäckman has been active all across Europe, primarily spreading Russian propaganda. He has been declared Persona non grata in two countries.

Finally, Finland seems to be making progress to rid their country of both hate groups and Russian intelligence operations designed to undermine Finland.

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Finnish police are set to request a European arrest warrant for the founder of MV-lehti, an anti-immigrant news website, Finnish national broadcaster Yle reported on Wednesday.

MV-lehti is a Finnish language extreme right-wing website founded in Spain in 2014. Its founder Ilja Janitskin is a Finn, who is believed to live in Barcelona, Spain.

Finnish police want to summon Janitskin, who is suspected of a series of wrongdoings connected to the website, to return to Finland for interrogation.

Yle reported that the Helsinki prosecutor’s office will ask Helsinki District Court to issue an arrest warrant in absentia for the suspect on Friday.

“Police would like to interview him as part of this preliminary investigation, but Janitskin is not willing to come to Finland,” Heikki Wendorf, Helsinki District Prosecutor, was quoted by Yle as saying.

Janitskin is a former member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang with an extensive criminal record. He is suspected of crimes including incitement against ethnic groups, aggravated slander, crime concealment, illegal fundraising and many others, according to Yle.

MV-lehti was alleged of publishing incendiary, racist and erroneous articles, gaining a wide following in Finland since an increasing number of asylum seekers began arriving in Europe in mid-2014.

In January this year, a group of Finnish political and student youth organizations demanded to launch an investigation into MV-Lehti. Soon after, the Helsinki prosecutor’s office handed over the request to the Helsinki Police Department.

After completing a preliminary investigation, police will decide whether or not to transfer the case to the prosecutor for consideration of charges.