Leader of gay teen torture group arrested in Cuba
A Russian anti-gay extremist accused of attacking and filming LGBT youth has been arrested in Cuba.
Maxim Martsinkevich known to Russian authorities as the face of the Occupy Paedophilia movement, is alleged to have tortured and humiliated Russian LGBTI youth after luring them to meet up via Russian social media. The teens mistakenly believed they were responding to romantic invitations and instead were met by Martsinkevich and members of his group, who intimidated and violated them, filming the antics.
Martsinkevich and his group members then posted the footage of the LGBT teens whom they had tortured and humiliated, online, to out them to the community.
Martinsinkevich was arrested in absentia by a Russian court last month, after being charged with extremism. A post on Martsinkevich’s website on January 9 indicated he had flown to Cuba.
Martsinkevich has over 130,000 subscribers to his page in Russia, which he uses as a platform to post information about himself and his political beliefs.
Previously, he was leader of banned nationalist group Format 18 and was released from prison in 2010 after serving time on incitement to hatred charges.
Russia was informed of Martsinkevich’s arrest via Interpol, according to a statement by the Russian Interior Ministry. Details of his extradition are being finalised.