A leader of a vigilante group that calls themselves “Occupy Paedophilia,” which has lured gay men into torture and abuse that was filmed and later posted online, has been arrested after he fled to Cuba in December 2013.
RIA Novosti reported that Maxim Martsinkevich—also known as Tesak, the Russian for “Machete”—was arrested on extremist charges, with an international warrant on Sunday, January 19.
He had fled to Cuba to avoid arrest in Russia in December, but was arrested in absentia before finally being arrested on the international warrant.
The Russian Interior Ministry said in a statement that Cuban police informed Russia of the arrest through Interpol.
Martsinkevich reportedly created “Occupy Pedophilia” in 2011, which lured supposed pedophiles into encounters with promises of sex with minors.
The group was also targeting gay men who were subject to similar abuse.
In some of the videos posted online, Martsinkevich is seen shaving the middle of the victim’s head before drawing a rainbow flag on the bald patch. In one video, he forces a victim to drink what he tells him is urine.
In November, the group also attacked Ukrainian X-Factor contestant Alexander Bohun. They beat him repeatedly, forced him to make false statements, and referred to him as a “pedophile.”
Writing on the social media site Vkontakte on December 25, where he has over 130,000 subscribers, he stated, “I do not recognize my guilt.”
According to Edge on the Net, he added: “I ask the following:
“To hold the questioning and trial in the open for the mass media to observe, with me being present via Skype. In case of conviction, I offer to serve the prison term virtually, by placing an avatar behind bars for the amount of time designated by the court.
“That would be fair and just, and would help bring about legal innovation. If you agree, repost this message.”
Martsinkevich is the former leader of banned nationalist group Format 18; he served three and a half years on charges of “incitement to ethnic strife with the threat of the use of violence,” before being released in 2010.