John M. Becker

Russian Gay-Basher Gets Sentence Reduced

Filed By John M. Becker | November 14, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Cuba, gay bashing, international criminal, Maxim Martsinkevich, racism, Russia

Maxim-Martsinkevich.jpgMaxim "The Cleaver" Martsinkevich -- a Russian fascist who spent months entrapping and torturing gay men and uploading video of his attacks on the Internet and was sentenced in August to five years in prison on an unrelated charge -- will be out a lot sooner than previously expected.

BuzzFeed reports:

Russia shaved more than two years... off the sentence of Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of an anti-LGBT vigilante group called Occupy Pedophilia, the country's TASS information agency reported.

Martsinkevich's group, which claims to fight pedophiles, targets gay men using online dating and social networking sites and then subjects them to brutal abuse and humiliation, which is videotaped and posted online. Viewers across Russia have imitated its tactics.

In August, a Russian court found Martsinkevich, who goes by the name Tesak, or "Machete," guilty -- not of attacking gay men, but of inciting ethnic and religious hatred for his statements about a Moscow race riot. The court sentenced him to five years in a labor camp. Today's ruling reduces that time to just under three years.

According to Russian media reports, Martsinkevich's sentence was reduced on appeal because his extremist statements did not cause any casualties.

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