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Former ‘X Factor’ contestant terrorized by Russian anti-gay extremists

Sunday, December 1, 2013

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — A former contestant of the Ukrainian franchise of the British talent competition, “The X Factor,” was attacked and physically abused by Russian anti-gay extremists last week, according to prosecutors and the victim’s attorney.

Alexander Bohun, 24, had responded to a personal dating ad on Russian social media giant VK.com, and instead of meeting the person described in the ad, he was met by a group of ultra-nationalists responsible for several homophobic assaults on LGBT persons, including Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich, founder of the anti-gay Russian group “Occupy Pedophilia.”

Alexander Bohun

Alexander Bohun

Maxim Martsinkevich shaves Alexander Bohun's head in a screen shot from a video posted online by "Occupy Pedophilia."

Maxim Martsinkevich shaves Alexander Bohun’s head in a screen shot from a video posted online by “Occupy Pedophilia.”

Alexander Bohun (left) and Maxim Martsinkevich, in a screenshot from a video posted online by "Occupy Pedophilia."

Alexander Bohun (left) and Maxim Martsinkevich, in a screenshot from a video posted online by “Occupy Pedophilia.”

Yuvlena Frolyak, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in Sevastopol, confirmed Saturday that the ministry has opened a criminal investigation into Martsenkevich’s activities based on the criminal complaint filed by Bohun at the Leninsky District Police headquarters in Sevastopol this past week.

In a statement released by prosecutors in his hometown of Sevastopol, Bohun told police that Martsinkevich — known by his street nickname of “Tesak,” which translates as “The Cleaver” — had repeatedly beaten him and intimidated him with threats of violence, forcing him to make a series of false statements.

The encounter with Martsinkevich was recorded on video and later uploaded to the internet.

“I was referred to as “pedophile,” mocked, and forced to admit actions and desires that I have not committed in any circumstances, and I had to admit all that publicly,” Bohun said in a police report, according to a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office.

Bohun’s attorney, Elena Kherson, said she felt that Martsinkevich had broken Ukrainian federal law by accusing her client of a crime without any investigation or trial.

“There is no evidence of the involvement of Alexander Bohun, in the crimes of which Martsinkevich accused him, and most importantly, he is the true victim here, ” she said.

Kherson is also demanding that the video uploaded by “Occupy Pedophilia” be removed from the internet.

That video (since edited) showed Bohun claiming he was attempting to make contact with a male minor, being forcibly shaved in a reverse Mohawk by Martsinkevich who then paints Bohun’s head in rainbow colors, and being forced to drink a cup of what is alleged to be urine, after which Martsinkevich pours more urine over Bohun’s head.

Bohun is shown in the edited video with Martsinkevich making admissions of being gay and a pedophile, while holding a sex toy in which he uses as a faux microphone. Bohun’s naked upper body is displayed with two Jewish symbols and a derogatory slogan written in magic marker on his chest.

Martsinkevich tells his victim: “Basically I would not kill you because you’re gay. “I would send you to a concentration camp, to organize parades for gays there, dress you as a woman, and make you sing songs. I’d take good care of you.”

Martsinkevich alleges (in the video) that Bohun’s intended purpose was to meet and have sex with a “14-year-old” boy.

“You’re a Christian person? What do you remember the Bible says about it? It is a mortal sin! And how are you gay and Christian? We are against the fact that you slept with the boys,” Martsinkevich tells Bohun in the video.

Russian authorities initiated criminal proceedings earlier this month against Martsinkevich for several homophobic assaults on LGBT persons inside the Russian federation by his group, which included attacks on citizens from Ukraine, Iraq, and South Africa.

Martsinkevich has been charged under Part 1 of article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code, Incitement of ethnic and social hatred. The charge is punishable by a sentence of 3–5 years imprisonment.

Martsinkevich and his followers believe that being gay equates to being a pedophile, and boast via their social media pages that they are on the “hunt” for pedophiles to eliminate this “deviant filth” from Russian society.

His group has produced numerous videos on the Russian social media giant VK.com as well as YouTube, documenting violent and homophobic harassment of men and gay youth the group claims were seeking to have sex with boys.

The graphic videos often go viral and have also been used to humiliate gay teenagers who responded to false dating invitations from what they thought were other gay youth in chat rooms.

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  1. Come to my house, don’t worry.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:33pm
  2. he is absolutely stunning I feel so bad for him :(

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:34pm
  3. GURRRRRRRRRL, HE NEEDS TO LEARN TO GET SOME WEAPONS AND KILL SOME RUSSIANS ! THEY ARE NOT GOING TO STOP UNTIL YOU FORCE THEM ! I WILL STAB THE STRAIGHT HOMOPHOBES IN THE THROAT AND AS THEY ARE ON THE GROUND BLEEDING TO DEATH, IM LIKE, “WHO LAUGHING NOW, BITCH !”.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:36pm
  4. Murder isn't the way. Only a few people are worth murdering to stop, such as Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Ladin. This guy just needs to be jailed for life.

    Replied on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:54pm
  5. ......your ignorance is showing Chris. :/

    Replied on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:16pm
  6. Chris Homsley, what are you a hating, killing commie bastard too?

    Replied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:06am
  7. Horrific!

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:37pm
  8. Some days, I am so ashamed to be Russian. Worthless savages >:( Hope the poor kid doesn’t lt it affect him too badly.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:37pm
  9. Every Apple tree has it's rotten apples... Doesn't mean all the apples are rotten ;)

    Replied on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:15pm
  10. shocking Russia needs to change this stupid law

    Replied on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 9:38pm
  11. Come here, man. It can’t be any worse than where you are now…

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:37pm
  12. this is sad…….u never hear about this kind of thing with straight people……you should not be judged by who you sleep with…….how is that anyone’s business….straight or otherwise

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:37pm
  13. That is sad! The world needs to let people lead their lives.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:37pm
  14. Que horror!

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:38pm
  15. Starting to feel like russia can fuck off

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:38pm
  16. this is terrible….stop the hate

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:41pm
  17. This is so fucking wrong.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:41pm
  18. Don’t make no damn sense, I hope he is okay. Stupid homophobic assholes.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:43pm
  19. Hopefully he’ll be arrested soon.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:48pm
  20. Poor guy!

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:50pm
  21. How is this even able to happen?

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:51pm
  22. So #Putin still supports #Russia anti-gay laws, and the #olympics international committee just ignore. Of course visitors and athletes will not be safe in #Sochi. Maybe sponsors like #cokacola, #mcdonalds, and #panasonic may reconsider their support if they truly support equality.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:53pm
  23. Russia what the hell is wrong with you?!?!

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:54pm
  24. Not surprising. :(

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:54pm
  25. The russians keep spreading the dumb argument that gays and pedophiles are the same kind… =/

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:54pm
  26. What a bunch of sick bastards!!! So jacked up!!!! Yuk!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:54pm
  27. This really needs to stop now before someone is murdered by these insane lunatics & the blame should be laid at president Putin’s door
    If the sponsors of the Olympic game’s don’t take action now there’s going seriously lots of blood shed at the Olympic’s & many athletes and supporters are going to get duped by these intolerant idiots

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:07pm
  28. You got that right!!!!

    Replied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:26am
  29. Pogrom a’comin, Em…

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:10pm
  30. So sorry for this young man….be brave…sending you love and courage…Putin can FUCK OFF!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:14pm
  31. Backwards thinking.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:18pm
  32. horrible act this groups of hatred should be prosecuted very harshly

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:20pm
  33. Murdering the straight homophobes is definately the way, you really think they are going to care ? I think your ignorance is showing ! Tell me this this : are you on their side, how many gay people have to suffer a die, before you actually try to stop it ! A homophobe cant hurt or kill a gay person, if he dies !

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:25pm
  34. Olga Poliakova

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:30pm
  35. Lawrence Wawrzyniec Chen, What the fuck does that mean? OOOby Gobbba dolby fooby fuuuka dits?

    Replied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:45am
  36. Speak English on Facebook or die fuckers

    Replied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:46am
  37. Ukrainian’s rock – get out of russia – they are crazy

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:34pm
  38. Pathetic. Love can’t be stopped!!!! Get a clue Russia.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:36pm
  39. Guess we will have to start an Underground Railroad from Russia… Sad world we live in.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:37pm
  40. Disgusting. They should be put through the same tortures and killed. People like this r despicable.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:43pm
  41. The guy posting these ads… obviously he is himself a self loathing gay getting off on S&M, no?

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:46pm
  42. Stupid arrogant dictators

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:49pm
  43. Sounds like those guys needed someone to take the fall for what they did and he was thw person. Karma is a bitch!

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 8:06pm
  44. This Tesak guy will seal his own fate. Wait till the boys in prison get a hold of him ;)

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 8:19pm
  45. What the fuck language is "TESAK" Pawl Grenier and what the fuck kind of name is Pawl?

    Replied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:21am
  46. HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE. You all had enough?

    Replied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:23am
  47. If this is posted on the internet isn’t it proof against the sadist of crimes? Why can’t they arrest these thugs and put them in prison?

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 8:20pm
  48. Despicable culture!

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 8:26pm
  49. FUJ…………….UN need “visit” there

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 8:29pm
  50. why go after such a pleasant looking person?

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 8:33pm
  51. I have no words to express my contempt for this…abominable!

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 8:36pm
  52. Sick individuals.Russia should die by its own hand.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 8:49pm
  53. Martine Hannah Naylor Russia is a dead country trying to revive it's communist ways by having Putin in power. It {Russia} is just smoke in the wind. Russia is so poor that the U.S. FLAG WILL FLY OVER IT SOON ENOUGH!!!!!!

    Replied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:09am
  54. Terrible.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 9:54pm
  55. He needs to look for asylum somewhere where he can live a normal gay life.

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 11:43pm
  56. I think the Gays should leave Russia any way they can!

    Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 11:49pm
  57. They should not have to leave Russia at all Chrissy Michelle Strawn. When are the Russian people going to grow some balls and fight the crap that is Russia? {Putin].?

    Replied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:14am
  58. And to the Americans, when are you going to stop the communist in our midst that is Obama?

    Replied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:16am
  59. Barrack "Hussein" Obama, does that tell you anything?

    Replied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:17am
  60. :c

    Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 12:54am
  61. hope he is ok.

    Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 1:02am
  62. Disgusting! He’s soooo cute why did such ugly people have to torture him! Those extremists need to go to prison so they can be humiliated just like what they did to him! Karma is a bitch!

    Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 1:10am
  63. I’d love to get the butt of a rifle and smash these ignorant arseholes in the head with it.

    Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 1:50am
  64. Judging others is NOT in my vocabulary…we must love each other unconditionally….PERIOD!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 2:11am
  65. Beyond disgusting! Eastern Europe, and especially Ukraine and Russia, need to change their laws and views and teach the public to be accepting and open minded. The change needs to come from up above in the government. What else do u expect from their citizens if the government doesn’t give a shit about its people safety and well being?!

    Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 2:56am
  66. But wait a minute, they [ the Russians and the Middle East} export the best drugs and prostitutes to the west and we want that!!!! The whole problem with the fucked up Russians and middle east is the greedy American and western markets including the fucking Canadians. It is as much our fault as it is theirs. How about we start to stop this problem here at home? HUH?????

    Replied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:31am
  67. And ohhhh he IS soooooo cute!!!!!! [Not]

    Replied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:42am
  68. News stories like this make me sad for the human race.

    Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 3:39am
  69. If he is an X-Factor contestant , what the fuck should he care? Russia is nothing but meaningless communist shit. and if you are Russian living in the U.S. , then get off your asses and support what you know is right. Fuck Vladimur Putin!!!!!! {Obama’s bed buddy.}

    Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 4:43am
  70. Stay out of that hell hole.

    Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:18am
  71. what happened to Amnesty……all the Bagladesh came here; because of Russia; lets get hold of the Gay community; at least give them the option….

    Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:41am
  72. Russian anti-gay extremists can flush themselves down the toilet! I’d take a fat shit on them and piss all over them doing Gangam-Style on their ass! Absolutely pathetic!

    Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:20am
  73. Any reason to hate and have violence toward people. Wtf

    Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:46am
  74. It was only a matter of time.…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:09am
  75. he’s really good looking. and It makes me physically ill to know that stuff like that happens :(

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:24am
  76. wtf! the bible also says its a sin to eat pork and cray fish and ive never met a christian who doesnt eat pork or cray fish. why isnt anyone stopping these ‘occupy pedofiles’? whats the excuse of the governments not stopping them? why isnt the UN doing anything against this act of terroism?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 5:40am
  77. the world we live in :-/

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:29am
  78. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:51am
  79. Sad! A big mark against Russ

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 2:34pm
  80. Amazing what you can do under the guise of hating pedophiles… >.>

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:33pm