John M. Becker

Cuba Arrests Russian Gay-Basher

Filed By John M. Becker | January 18, 2014 3:30 PM | comments

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Tags: anti-gay violence, Cuba, gay bashing, international criminal, Maxim Martsinkevich, Russia

Maxim-Martsinkevich.jpgMaxim "The Cleaver" Martsinkevich, a Russian fascist who's spent months torturing gay men and uploading video of his attacks on the Internet, has been arrested by Cuban authorities. Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti reports:

A Russian far right activist known for his violent campaign targeting alleged pedophiles has been arrested on Cuba on an international arrest warrant, Russian police said Saturday. Russia was informed by Cuban police of the arrest of Maxim Martsinkevich through Interpol, the Russian Interior Ministry said in a statement.

More widely known under his nickname of Tesak, or machete, Martsinkevich was arrested in absentia by a Russian court last month on extremism charges. Martsinkevich said during a January 8 interview that the criminal charges against him were orchestrated by Russia's "pedo-lobby," and that he did not intend to return to Russia, according to Russian tabloid Life News that has close links to the security services.

The details of Martsinkevich's extradition were currently being finalized, Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement Saturday.

In a January 9 post on his website, Martsinkevich wrote that he had flown to Cuba from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, via the German city of Frankfurt. In 2011, Martsinkevich founded the Occupy Pedophile vigilante group, which lured men to abusive meetings with false promises of sex with minors. The encounters were recorded and then posted online.

The group was also reported to target gay men, who were subjected to similar abusive treatment.

It should be noted, however, that Russian authorities have reportedly charged Martsinkevich for neo-Nazi/skinhead extremism, but not for his numerous documented acts of violence against LGBT people.

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