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Leader of anti-gay Russian extremist group flees to Cuba

Friday, January 10, 2014

HAVANA — The leader of the anti-gay Russian extremist group “Occupy Pedophilia” has fled Ukraine, where he was hiding to avoid arrest by Russian authorities for a series of criminal homophobic assaults against LGBTQ people, and is now believed by Russian law enforcement to be hiding in Cuba.

vk.comMartsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.

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Martsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.

Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich is also wanted by prosecutors from the Ukrainian port city of Sevastopol for an alleged assault last month against a former contestant of the Ukrainian franchise of the British talent competition “The X Factor.”

A member of Russia’s Security services told LGBTQ Nation on Friday that Russian law enforcement has confirmed that Martsinkevich is in the Caribbean island nation, however the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to say whether Russian authorities would be asking the Castro government to extradite Martsinkevich.

Martsinkevich claimed on his Russian social media VKontakte (vk.com) page that he was in Cuba as early as December 10.

An consular official with the Cuban mission in New York told LGBTQ Nation that according to the visa agreement between Russia and Cuba, Russians are allowed to stay without a visa for 30 days.

The official did note that Friday [today] would be the last day possible for Martsinkevich to remain legally without a petition to the Cuban government for a status change other than that of simple tourist. He declined comment on Martsinkevich’s situation.

Martsinkevich also claimed on his VK.com page that he flew from Kyiv, Ukraine to Havana via Frankfurt, Germany. The Russian official noted that there is an active Interpol warrant for his detention and law enforcement officials suspect he is traveling on a false or altered passport.

“This may be how he [ Martsinkevich ] avoided detection and arrest in Kyiv and by German authorities,” the official told LGBTQ Nation.

Russian authorities initiated criminal proceedings in November 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.

He 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 if convicted.

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. Gotta love a coward.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:28am
  2. Oooo many dicks on Cuba…

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:28am
  3. Well they know where he is tell the American Embassy because that’s who controls cuba anyway tell them to deport his sorry ass back to the Ukraine and he’ll be prosecuted. I mean really is this shit to hard for the straight simple minded people to do or is it just harder for people to understand if you want something done you gotta do it yourself? Am I right Guys?

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:28am
  4. What a pussy…

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:29am
  5. Running away from criminal homophobic assaults? Last I checked, Russia had severe anti-gay laws already.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:29am
  6. This is typical cowardice for an extreme bully. Amazing how criminals don’t want to face the consequences of their actions.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:30am
  7. I still don’t know why they run if they’re REALLY doing good things…or maybe, just maybe, they know they are WRONG!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:30am
  8. no criminal likes dealing with their actions lmao

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:32am
  9. But do they even really think they're committing crimes...until they start being charged or something. I just don't get it.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:35am
  10. He looks like a Glory Hole Queen!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:30am
  11. Woo, sure does!

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:33am
  12. I was wondering if it's only me or does this guy REALLY look gay ... ?

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:42am
  13. Someone must have yelled WOOF! Because he has that "Who just called my name?" look.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:47am
  14. put him in prison and let him bend over a few times.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:03am
  15. Somebody probably bit the end of his foreskin in a glory hole incident.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:22am
  16. He looks like Peter DeLouise on a bender.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:20am
  17. you mean Dom DeLouse or is Peter, Dom's son

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:34am
  18. Get this dumb@Ss out of CUBA PLZ! D;

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:31am
  19. He’ll be a hero in Cuba.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:31am
  20. Actually not. Cuba has more gay rigts than most United States states. Cuba has marriage equality.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:37am
  21. He will not get away with this shit in Cuba.... he may just come out there!

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:45am
  22. Good! Don’t come back!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:32am
  23. XD LOL does he think they will accept him with opean arms and he will live there

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:34am
  24. I’m surprised Russia didn’t erect a statue in his honor with their stance on homosexuality.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:34am
  25. News: the bad guys win.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:35am
  26. Yes…let him suck Cuban dick!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:36am
  27. Find him. String him up.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:38am
  28. What a coward…

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:38am
  29. Hmmm. Why so concerned about gays? Maybe it hits close to home!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:38am
  30. He’ll love the prisons in Cuba—NOT!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:39am
  31. I think that. His title should be changed from extremist to terrorist. Because that is basically what he is doing. He terrorizes innocent people because of his beliefs. The dudes an obvious simpleminded fuckhead.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:40am
  32. all i have to say to that is…..COWARD!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:41am
  33. Look at his face! Definitely a closet case!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:41am
  34. He choose the wrong country. The Cubians will fuck him up!! Beat his ass!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:43am
  35. Since when do people look gay? Don’t you all like to get rid of these stereotypes? Anyway, he’s a jerk

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:44am
  36. Oh Glendon Robert Frank – it’s not just you!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:44am
  37. I’m surprised that Putin didn’t give him a medal

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:44am
  38. Damn commies. No, I don’t know he’s a commie, I’m just assuming! **sips beer**

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:45am
  39. Run you socialist pig!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:46am
  40. He looks like he’d fit right in on Fire Island.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:47am
  41. coward!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:49am
  42. Marriage equality or not, I know of many cases of violent persecution-far surpassing,in many cases, similar actions in,as an example,the USA-of gays in Cuba,as told to me by recent immigrants.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:49am
  43. Sascha Meisen – since “gaydar” was invented! And come on look how he’s wearing that beret and that pose! :)

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:49am
  44. He’s a disgusting vile excuse for a human being.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:50am
  45. Hopefully the Cubans will put a bullet in the back of your head.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:50am
  46. He better run, with his tail, where the sun don’t shine!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:51am
  47. Effing coward. The irony is when he lands in prison his anti-gay tone may need to shift when has to become someone else’s betch. Lol

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:51am
  48. when are people going to realize that pedophilia and homosexuality are completely different things?

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:51am
  49. He won’t last long down there. The Cubans have come a long way on gay rights.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:55am
  50. I thought Russia stood behind his actions, so i don’t get why the bigoted jerks are now after him, but i am glad they are. I hope someone finds this murderer, and shows him how it feels to be treated the way he and his group treated those innocent guys they lured into traps. This guy doesn’t deserve prison, it’s too good for him.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:55am
  51. He looks gay

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:56am
  52. p.o.s.good place for him

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:00am
  53. Um…he’s gay.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:03am
  54. What a bear he is! SMH

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:06am
  55. Well he’s not gonna like Cuba there are gays there too . They will teach him a thing or two about bullying when he’s bent over a 57′ Chevy.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:10am
  56. Cleaver is one of the gayest looking men I’ve ever seen. I have no doubt that he is at least bisexual.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:10am
  57. Lol David Casson

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:11am
  58. I can’t wait to hear the story of him in a hotel with a male prostitute and some coke.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:11am
  59. oh whos bitch you going to be

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:11am
  60. COWARDS

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:12am
  61. what a puss…if he really believed what he was doing was right he would stay and face the music, he knows he’s an asshole, so he runs and hides like a little bitch

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:13am
  62. he’s making his way here so here can come out

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:15am
  63. He should have fled to Utah.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:16am
  64. Cuba should expel him!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:16am
  65. Hunt them down and give them they same treatment they give others.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:17am
  66. good riddance…

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:17am
  67. HE should be castrated…wonder why he fled Russia if Russia is so anti-homosexual tho!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:19am
  68. what a coward

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:20am
  69. Can this be seen as something good coming out of Russia..the fac that even Russian authorities want this guy behind bars?

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:20am
  70. Hope they get him.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:21am
  71. Running is all you can do with idiots like these!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:25am
  72. Asshole

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:27am
  73. The government is condoning violence even if they say they don’t

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:28am
  74. Good. Bad for Cuba!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:28am
  75. Have Articles 2 and 36 of the Constitution of Cuba been changed,repealed and/or replaced with marriage equality legislation for Cuba’s LGBTQ community? These articles restrict marriage to a voluntary union between a man and a woman. Unless civil unions or domestic partnerships have been legislated since May 2013,they were also not available in Cuba. While societal views have,to some degree in the large cities,become more tolerant of gays,that does not spell equality. Not to say the laws have not changed,but my admittedly quick search of the net didn’t find any such confirmation.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:29am
  76. The Cuban goverment supports gay equality and will arrest him on arrival if he comes to USA he will be safe.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:31am
  77. Cuba has more gay rights than Russia. Stay in Russia pig!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:31am
  78. Cuba needs to extradite him back to Russia

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:38am
  79. I hope he is arrested and imprisoned.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:52am
  80. we need to keep our GAY BUTTS out of there, just asking for trouble!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:54am
  81. I don’t go no any where where if the gay issue is going to be a problem I stay away, avoids problems! STAY HOME

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:55am
  82. he looks hot

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:58am
  83. Hatred needs to hide itself from MASSIVE DIVINE ILLUMINATING NEVER-ENDING ABSOLUTE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:00am
  84. coward trash

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:02am
  85. Cuba is pro-gay…

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:06am
  86. catch the bastard

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:12am
  87. He will not make it in the Americas !!! This is where he will meet his karma !!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:14am
  88. Typical Effin…coward!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:16am
  89. coward

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:17am
  90. Let’s hope the new Cuba extradites him back to Russia. Time for castro to put his money where his mouth is.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:19am
  91. Extradite his arse back to Russian Siberian.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:25am
  92. follow this commrade and give him the KGB / GRU firing squad

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:26am
  93. What a coward!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:27am
  94. Good for Russia. Bad for Cuba.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:32am
  95. He’s kinda hot!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:43am
  96. Coward !!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:43am
  97. bear looking ass fucking piece of shit is a pussy to run so no one kicks his ass

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:49am
  98. Bitch ass coward

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:00am
  99. He does look like a big closet queen.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:10am
  100. That’s a man!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:16am
  101. Wuss

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:27am
  102. hope the Cubans extradite him back to Russia where karma will catch up with him

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:35am
  103. HE HATE’S WHO HE IS,SO HURT’S WHAT REMIND’S HIM OF HIS SELF!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:38am
  104. Boycott Sochi please!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:44am
  105. He has a purdy mouth

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 4:15am
  106. Cuba Libre!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 4:23am
  107. If the Cuban government allows him to remain in that country, the International LGBT community should show their boycott to that island and their trade until the day when that government decide to send him back

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 4:36am
  108. Russia doesn’t have enough problems? No one is worried about their decaying nuclear weapons destroying the country, but hell the gays will bring Armageddon !

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:27am
  109. Run bitch run!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:54am
  110. I hope that the Cuban authorities do the right thing and extradite his ass out of their country. Homophobia is anti-communist.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:03am
  111. …hell is the best place for him!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:01am
  112. Would somebody tell this asshole that homosexuals ARE NOT pedophiles. Such ignorance.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:59am
  113. Next thing this shit head will be in South Florida.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:15am
  114. Russian do not have control own people because lousy law there.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:25am
  115. Let’s hope Cuba skins him alive!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:38am
  116. Why is getting picked on gays, transsexuals, etc., when they finally manage to come out of the closet?
    It’s not about showing that something better, or so one is: you want to finally get rid of the distress under which one years – has suffered for decades, only to fit into the picture or to please people who do not appreciate one anyway – or not to be discriminated against.
    Everyone wants to be who he really is – why do / that many people can not understand?
    This “normal” people could the pressure to which one is exposed not withstand.
    So let us live our lives as we’ll let you live yours.
    Accepts us as we are!
    We are quite normal and want to be treated that way, that’s all.
    Our identity is to us!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:42am
  117. Sexy guy :)

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:43am
  118. Is he seriously the ANTI Gay activist cos he looks pretty actively gay to me?!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:39am
  119. Is he a lesbian….get him girls…sure there must be a lesbian army or combat fairy team or two in CUBA!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:44am
  120. Get the fuck out of Cuba, you’ll ruin it>.>

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:50am
  121. Buh bye!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:01am
  122. Nothing but a Natzi coward! He is probably running because he was outed and now HE FEARS FOR HIS LIFE IN THE NATZI SOVIET UNION!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:48pm
  123. Fly fly away dumbass!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:02pm