Leader of Russian Anti-Gay Neo-Nazi Group Arrested in Cuba
The head of a Russian neo-Nazi group that’s accused of torturing LGBT youth, fled to Cuba last month but was arrested in the Caribbean country on Sunday, Russia’s official news agency RIA Novosti reports.
According to a statement made by the Russian Interior Ministry, Cuban police told Russian authorities that Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of "Occupy Paedophillia," was arrested through Interpol.
Last month Martsinkevich, also known as Tesak (Russian for "machete"), was arrested last month in absentia by a Russian court after being charged with extremism.
According to reports, Martsinkevich and his group took to popular Russian social media websites to lure LGBT teens, then torture and humiliate them by bullying their victims while recording them. The clips of the abuse were posted online so they could out the youth to their friends, families and schools.
Martsinkevich took to Russian social media website VKontakte in December and wrote that he fled to Cuba to avoid arrest in Russia. On Christmas he wrote:
"Attention! Official dispatch from Freedom Island (i.e. Cuba)!
An offer regarding the investigation and trial.