Alexey Lebedev, an activist of the Russian left-wing organisation, Communists of St Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast (KPLO), has asked his party for help in applying for asylum in North Korea. Mr Lebedev said he intended to ask for asylum at the North Korean embassy in Moscow and personally from the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Il.
Mr Lebedev, who used to be member of St Petersburg’s city council and held a middle-managerial post in a local bank, lost his job in February 2009, and says he is now fed up with capitalism and the ever growing burden of unpaid bills. He therefore wishes to start anew in North Korea.
KPLO decided to support Mr Lebedev’s plea. The party will appeal to Kim Jong-Il, representatives of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and the Workers’ Party of Korea to accept the asylum application of Alexey Lebedev and other middle managers suffering from the capitalist crisis.