The leader of the Russian Neo-Nazi group “Occupy Pedophilia” has been sentenced to five years in a penal colony for “inciting and fomenting cases of extremism.”
Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich is alleged to have trapped and tortured LGBT youth by posing as gay teenagers or adults online, asking to meet in real life, and then subjecting them to violently anti-gay treatment, which the group filmed and posted online. However, Martsinkevich was convicted only on his statements related to his extremist views on Russia and race—the prosecutor did not show video clips of Martsinkevich’s homophobic statements or related abuse in court.
The “Occupy Pedophilia” group made national headlines in 2013 when they began posting videos on YouTube and the social network Vkontakte (VK.com), commonly known as the Russian answer to Facebook. The clips show a number of men and teenage boys being subjected to violently homophobic verbal and physical abuse by the group, who claim that their victims had been seeking sex with minors.
Martsinkevich first fled Russia in November 2013 to the Ukraine, where he supposedly attacked gay Ukrainian X-Factor contestant Alexander Bohun. After the victim filed a legal complaint, he escaped to Cuba to escape arrest in the Ukraine as well as Russia. He was formally charged in absentia for his hate crimes on December 13, 2013, before being detained in Cuba on an international warrant on January 17, 2014. He was extradited back to Russia on January 27.
Other members of the hate group are still awaiting trial for their own participation in the crimes. On August 8, a court approved the indictment in a pending case against the nine men. According to LGBTQ Nation, the charges include “committing crimes under several articles of the Criminal Code,” including “organization of an extremist community and membership in an extremist community, beatings and other acts of violence, the threat of murder and causing grievous bodily harm, intentional infliction of moderate bodily harm, torture and robbery.”
Their case is expected to be heard in court in September 2014.