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Leader of Russian anti-gay extremists who target LGBT youth arrested in Cuba

Saturday, January 18, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba — Cuban law enforcement officials on Friday arrested and detained the leader of a Russian anti-gay extremist group, according to a source in the Russian Federal Security Services, the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation.

vk.comMartsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.

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Martsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.

Special to LGBTQ NationMaxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich, seen here in the Havana airport on Dec. 29, 2013.

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Martsinkevich, seen here in the Havana airport on Dec. 29, 2013.

An Interpol “wanted” arrest and detention warrant was served on Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich in a raid on a central Havana hotel room where he was determined to be residing.

The source also told LGBTQ Nation that a laptop computer, mobile phone, and other equipment belonging to Martsinkevich was seized as evidence.

Russian authorities initiated criminal proceedings in November against Martsinkevich for a number of anti-gay assaults on gay and perceived gay citizens inside the Russian federation by his group “Occupy Pedophilia.” Martsinkevich’s alleged attacks include assaults on citizens from Ukraine, Iraq, and South Africa.

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 the “deviant filth” from Russian society.

His group has produced numerous videos on the Russian social media site VKontakte (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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Martsinkevich, also known by his street nickname “Tesak” — which translates as “The Cleaver” — was arrested and charged in absentia on Dec. 13, 2013 by the Kuntsevskaya District Court, 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 claimed on his vk.com page that he was in Cuba as early as Dec. 10, having fled both Russia and Ukraine after prosecutors from the Ukrainian port city of Sevastopol issued an arrest warrant for an alleged assault last month on a former contestant of the British talent competition “The X Factor.”

Russian officials confirmed Saturday that they are in the process of initiating extradition proceedings with the Cuban government, which are expected to result in Martsinkevich’s deportation and return to Russia within the next two weeks.

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  1. lol, so bizarre.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:31pm
  2. The best news of today

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:31pm
  3. if it’s him on the picture I feel like pointing out that he looks like a member of The Village People

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:32pm
  4. I was actually thinking he looks like every stereotypical "Bear at the gay bar" in bad straight movies.

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:50pm
  5. just looks like?… umm so much hate… it smells...

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:53pm
  6. Lol.

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:47pm
  7. that nazi pig kidnapped and tortured gay Russian teens and you are LAUGHING? What the Fuck? http://americablog.com/2013/08/young-gay-teen-tortured-by-russian-vigilantes-reportedly-dies.html

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:22pm
  8. laughing is the LEAST I can do, because I'm not like him, I don't support violence even though he deserves the worst kind of punishment imaginable, but I'm not him and that's the point. It is similar to the quote about atheism by Dr. Madalyn Murray O'Hair: https://farm7.static.flickr.com/6132/5993634160_b5ddc68855_z.jpg

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:54pm
  9. What was she doing there? Smokin’ a Cuban?

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:33pm
  10. puns, gotta love 'em :-D

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:09pm
  11. You think this is funny? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2379967/Russian-neo-Nazis-torture-gay-teenager-tricked-meeting-online-scam.html

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:25pm
  12. HALLELUJAH AMEN!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:33pm
  13. Id like 5 minutes in his cell….to give him the attitude adjustment he so desperately needs.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:35pm
  14. He’s as gay as it gets!!! LMFAO!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:36pm
  15. He looks gay. Oh, the irony.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:37pm
  16. Good! Prison is where he should stay!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:37pm
  17. KARMA is a bitch huh Zangief street fighter looking ass.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:37pm
  18. May his victims find solace in his capture.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:37pm
  19. so, if he is extradited back to Russia, will he there be celebrated as a hero?

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:37pm
  20. Good!! Keep him there!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:38pm
  21. This guy looks gay.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:38pm
  22. Karmas a bitch

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:39pm
  23. he will be very very popular in jail

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:40pm
  24. Lets not associate every anti-gay bigot as being gay themselves. It’s stereotyping gays and insulting to gays and the LGBT community. Sometimes people are bigoted because they have a deep HATRED for gays and not because they are closeted gays themselves.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:42pm
  25. Closet

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:43pm
  26. <3 Cuba. They've had poor LGBT policies in the past but they've come a long way in the last few years.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:44pm
  27. good

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:44pm
  28. Good…

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:47pm
  29. I will give this much to the Russians, doesn’t matter if they agree with you, break the law they will come after you.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:48pm
  30. …have a look at his face! It says everything! What a douche bag!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:48pm
  31. Fuck that shit gay all the way everyone can suck it

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:49pm
  32. good for Cuba.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:49pm
  33. Fuck All of you too

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:50pm
  34. Lord, he looks like a big ol’ bear.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:50pm
  35. YAY!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:52pm
  36. Hope he get’s what he deserves. I say let the families who lost a son to his torture and abuse take turns torturing him in return. Too harsh? I think not. Will it happen? Probably not, but one can hope.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:55pm
  37. Yeah! Justice!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:56pm
  38. Finally, some good news.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:56pm
  39. Unfortunately, I don’t think that this poor excuse for a man will spend enough time in prison or learn anything while doing time. On the positive side, his particular gang might be disbanded and if there is a public trial, the large mass of the ignorant Russian populace, where homophobia thrives, might in turn learn a little.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:57pm
  40. viva cuba!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:57pm
  41. Only a COWARD runs!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:58pm
  42. He looks like he just crawled out of the bath house after a night with his legs in the air! She’s tired! You hear me? She’s tired!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:59pm
  43. He looks like the asshole he is

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:00pm
  44. String him up!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:03pm
  45. Lol 3 years punishment !! What a joke ! Drug laws are more strict then that

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:05pm
  46. 3-5 years? That’s it? Ridiculous. But at least they arrested the smf.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:08pm
  47. where was he boys town???

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:09pm
  48. BRAVO !

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:11pm
  49. Good arrest.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:12pm
  50. We need to send a few gay muscle guys over there to inspire this turd to lighten up!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:12pm
  51. I hope it was in a gay bar

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:12pm
  52. lol...wouldn't that be funny Andy Fields :)

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:45pm
  53. Lol

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:17pm
  54. Scary!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:17pm
  55. Give him a sexchange as punishment and let his group of donkey’s hunt and torture him!!!! Pig pig pig

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:19pm
  56. Now if he gets to Russia and just gets a slap on the hand and released to do more horrible things.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:24pm
  57. Yesssssssssss!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:24pm
  58. GO Cuba!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:27pm
  59. Yayayayyyyyyy

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:27pm
  60. Thought I saw him on his knees in the back corner of the gay bar a month or so ago.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:33pm
  61. Holy shit, Cuba did something decent for once!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:35pm
  62. COOL! I HOPE THEY THREW THE BOOK AT HIM AND THREW AWAY THE KEY! I HOPE HE’S IN THERE FOR A VERY LONG TIME!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:45pm
  63. You can run but you can’t escape…

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:46pm
  64. He looks suspiciously like a bear

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:50pm
  65. Feed him to dogs!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:53pm
  66. GOOD , stay in jail you scum.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:58pm
  67. I hope is not the one in the pic because he’s too damn sexy :C

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:02pm
  68. good, pansy piece of shit…it’s all too obvious he knew what he was doing was wrong, that’s why he ran away like a little bitch instead of standing firm for his ‘principles’

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:07pm
  69. Why do the Russian authorities want to arrest him for if he is carrying out government policy?

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:08pm
  70. I don’t know but he sure looks gay to me.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:11pm
  71. Most homophobes are actually gay themselves who can’t own up to their own sexual orientation because of their homophobia so they feel the need to bash, ridicule, persecute, discriminate, and oppress their own people to make themselves seem and feel hetero.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:12pm
  72. Very very true Albert!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:15pm
  73. Looser

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:23pm
  74. Ha ha

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:26pm
  75. Not enough courage to bully adults? You cowardly piece of crap.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:35pm
  76. He needs to be on the receiving end of what he’s done to others…

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:36pm
  77. Looks like a power bottom.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:45pm
  78. Une gueule de vainqueur, ce serait presque risible si ce n’était pas aussi dramatique pour les gays en russie…

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:17pm
  79. Like all the other bullies, wonder what He Is Hiding, or rather hiding from; or, is it obvious.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:21pm
  80. He looks gay to me!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:33pm
  81. The charges aren’t severe enough, he is targeting youth… Ugh!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:43pm
  82. great…..

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:45pm
  83. cute guy

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:47pm
  84. I hope he is EVERYONES bitch in prison.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:51pm
  85. He is just a closet sadistic creep that is getting his jollies off by torturing young guys. Honestly if he is so against the LGBTQ community then wouldn’t he be after everyone not just gay young men. He is attracted to little boys and is covering up being gay by saying he is trying to stop them. It is not the young or old gay men that are perverts it is he himself that is a pervert just like Putin.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:54pm
  86. brother bear has been caught …

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:01pm
  87. We need more good people like this in the world!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:02pm
  88. You see I told everyone I knew when I first saw that he had fled to Cuba that he was going to be arrested. How stupid could a Russian be to try to seek refuge in Communist Cuba, did he forget the whole Cuban Missile Crisis? Idiot, hope they hang this Nazi bastard!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:03pm
  89. This sicko needs a stay at the graybar hotel to contemplate the error of his ways.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:26pm
  90. I think he is in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0kqobQRcUo

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:28pm
  91. Karma is a birch commies

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:29pm
  92. I he ain’t, I ain’t either. Dude is tres gay!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:29pm
  93. String him up by his gonads! I have some leather friends who will take over at that point!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:35pm
  94. Think he might be in the closet

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:38pm
  95. Now hang the fucker.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:38pm
  96. I sensed that he’s a c**ksucker himself.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:42pm
  97. Being Gay Is A Choice, It Is Against GOD’s Word, It Dosent Matter How Gays Try To Spin The BIBLE In Their Favor, It’s Wrong. It’s Sad To See So Many People Who Instead Of Following The Word Are Agreeing With Political Propaganda And Peer Pressure To Think Gay Is Ok. Gays Should Be Put To Death!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:45pm
  98. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Sic. Sarcasm

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:55pm
  99. Thanx goodness

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:44pm
  100. Another closet case dealing with their own self hate.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:51pm
  101. He’s a closet homo

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:16pm
  102. He will probably get deported back to Russia and be a hero to those goons.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 12:06am
  103. Closet case.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 12:31am
  104. Notice he is wearing a res star, the symbol of atheistic Soviet communism. Homophobia is not only found in religions, but also in atheism. There are religions who nurture gay people. I must say they are not necessarily the largest or loudest group of religious people, but they definately are there.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 12:37am
  105. KARMA

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:56pm
  106. Seriously, so scary.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:58pm
  107. I hope he gets rape in jail !

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:58pm
  108. Poor lamb, he just wants to hurt people, any easy target will do…

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:59pm
  109. They don’t tolerate shit like that in Cuba…

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:00pm
  110. Someone slit this scums throat!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:01pm
  111. Tell this douche canoe to come to America

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:01pm
  112. Have anybody saw on the news what this haters do to gays once the are in they’re in their hands ? It’s horriible !!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:18pm
  113. Have fun falling in love in Cuban prison.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:20pm
  114. awesome Cuba, just friggin awesome!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:21pm
  115. Throw his ass in prison!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:29pm
  116. HA! let him rot in jail.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:38pm
  117. Ha !!!! His karma is catching up with him !!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:40pm
  118. I’m impressed that Russia intends to nail him to the wall.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:18pm
  119. Vile scum…Putin Henchman.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:31pm
  120. yay!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:51pm
  121. Ignorance comes in many shapes and forms i pray that people can just live and let live. Love is love no matter what form

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:00pm
  122. i hope they will beat the shit out of him

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:13pm
  123. Good news.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:24am
  124. Hang him Cubans!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:58am
  125. Yeah, he’s not queer. Self-hating homo much?

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:24am
  126. What an awful person

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:42am