Occupy Pedophilia

“Occupy Pedophilia,” is a Russian vigilante group founded by Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich. Members of the group are alleged to have lured LGBT youth to abusive encounters through fake social media profiles under the guise of meeting other LGBT youth. The encounters are often recorded and then posted online. The group is said to equate homosexuality to pedophilia, and is also alleged to target gay men and subject them to similar abusive treatment.

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WATCH: British TV documentary reports on brutal attacks on LGBT Russians

| Wednesday, February 5, 2014
LONDON – Just days ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a new documentary airing Wednesday on Britain's Channel 4 sheds new light on the violent, homophobic attacks on LGBT Russians.

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Human Rights Watch video documents increased violence against LGBT Russians

| Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Dmitry Lovetsky, APIn this June 29, 2013 photo, riot police (OMON) guard gay rights activists who have been beaten by anti-gay protesters during an authorized gay rights rally in St.Petersburg, Russia.
NEW YORK -- The advocacy group Human Rights Watch released a video Tuesday documenting the increased violence against LGBTQ Russians.

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Leader of anti-gay Russian vigilante group back in Russia and under arrest

| Monday, January 27, 2014
Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich
MOSCOW -- The leader of the Russian anti-gay vigilante group “Occupy Pedophilia,” who is alleged to have lured LGBT youth to abusive encounters through fake social media profiles, is back on Russian soil Monday and in custody after being deported by Cuban authorities.

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

| Saturday, January 18, 2014
vk.comMartsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.
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.

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Leader of anti-gay Russian extremist group flees to Cuba

| Friday, January 10, 2014
vk.comMartsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.
HAVANA -- The founder 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.

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

| Sunday, December 1, 2013
Alexander Bohun
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.

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Russian anti-gay extremist under criminal investigation, reportedly flees country

| Monday, November 11, 2013
VK.comMaxim Martsinkevich (center) with alleged Ukrainian victims.
MOSCOW -- Russian authorities have initiated criminal proceedings against a Russian ultra-nationalist responsible for several homophobic assaults on LGBT persons, including attacks on citizens from Ukraine, Iraq, and South Africa.

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Russian anti-gay extremists claim recent torture victim has died

| Tuesday, August 6, 2013
This image posted to the "Occupy Pedophilia" group on, depicts group members "Lion Fancy" (left) and Mikhail Krasnov (right) standing over an unidentified victim.
An anti-gay Russian Ultra-nationalist known for using social media to target LGBT youth in Russia, claims that one of his victims, an alleged "teen" who was tortured and depicted in a widely circulated photo last week, has died.

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Russian extremists using social media to target, attack LGBT youth

| Thursday, July 25, 2013
KAMENSK-URAL, Russia -- A network of loosely organized groups of Russian ultra-nationalists are targeting LGBT youth for bullying and assault by creating fake social media profiles and gay personals to attract unsuspecting victims.

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