Russian anti-gay serial kidnapper Maxim Martsinkevich arrested in Cuba

Less than 24 hours after CNN broadcast a scathing segment on how the Russian government was refusing to prosecute Maxim Martsinkevich, an ultra-nationalist who has formed a nationwide organization that kidnaps and tortures young gay teens, Cuba has arrested Martsinkevich.

The arrest reportedly followed Russia putting Martsinkevich on an Interpol wanted list, according to Russian media outlet Life News.  Buzzfeed’s Miriam Elder says Life News is a Russian tabloid known to have close ties to Russian security services.

drink-urine Kidnapped Russian gay teen is forced to drink what he's told is urine after his captor - ultra nationalist leader Maxim Martsinkevich - strips him naked, shaves his head, and paints a rainbow flag on his scalp.

Kidnapped Russian gay teen is forced to drink what he’s told is urine after his captor – ultra nationalist leader Maxim Martsinkevich – strips him naked, shaves his head, and paints a rainbow flag on his scalp.

Life News reports that Cuban police raided Marcinkiewicz’s hotel room, taking his cell phone and laptops.

The Russian press mentions Marcinkiewicz’s videos inciting hatred, but makes no mention of who the target was: gay and trans people.  Another Russian outlet, Novaya Gazeta, claimed that Marcinkiewicz, who goes by the names of Slasher and Tesak, was arrested for videos insulting World War II veterans, and fantasizing about Germany winning the war.  Again, nothing about kidnapping and torturing gays, and establishing a nationwide criminal network to do the same.

Pavel Durov, founder of VK.com, a Russian social media site used by Russian ultra-nationalists to broadcast their gay-bashing videos and photos.

Pavel Durov, founder of VK.com, a Russian social media site used by Russian ultra-nationalists to broadcast their gay-bashing videos and photos.

As we reported as early as last July, Marcinkiewicz and his accomplices lure young gay teens into meeting, and then kidnap them, strip them naked, shave their heads, paint rainbows on them, make them play with sex toys, force them to drink what they claim is urine, and then threaten them with violence and with being outed. All the while they are being videotaped, and the videos and photos of the crime are then posted on Russian social media outlet VK.com, among others.

Some of Occupy Pedophilia’s victims are as young as 15 years of age, if not younger.

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15 year old gay Russian boy kidnapped, and tortured, by anti-gay vigilantes that the Russian government refused to arrest. He is from a small rural town and was threatened with being outed after being forced to drink urine.

Some of Maxim Martsinkevich's accomplices are readily visible in the photos he's posted on VK.com.

Some of Maxim Martsinkevich’s accomplices are readily visible in the photos he’s posted on VK.com. Will the Russians arrest them as well?

The Russians have known about Marcinkiewicz kidnapping gays for at least seven months, when western media began reporting on it.  However, Marcinkiewicz’s claims he’s been doing this for 18 months. Marcinkiewicz’s face, and the faces of his accomplices, have been readily available in all the videos.  Still, the Russian government refused to take action until only a few months ago, when foreign media attention and pressure apparently became too great.

No word on whether the Russians have troubled themselves to also go after Marcinkiewicz’s accomplices, whose faces are all too visible in many of the kidnap/torture videos and photos he’s posted on VK.com, including the one to the right.

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Russian ultra nationalist leader Maxim Martsinkevich kidnapped, then gave this gay youth a choice: lose an eye, or be sodomized with a fork.

The question remains as to how long Russian social media mogul, Pavel Durov, who founded a Russian clone of Facebook called VK.com, is going to permit Marcinkiewicz and his criminal enterprise, Occupy Pedophilia, to use VK.com to organize and publicize its crimes.  Marcinkiewicz and his network use VK.com to post videos and photos they’ve taken of their kidnappings and torture.

It’s something unimaginable to an American or European social media audience.  But Durov allows it.

Pavel Durov, who controls VK.com, a social media site used by Russian criminals to post videos of the kidnapping and torture of gays.

Pavel Durov, who controls VK.com, a social media site used by Russian criminals to post videos of the kidnapping and torture of gays.

To date, Marcinkiewicz profile on VK.com, which includes numerous videos and photos of his kidnappings and torture of young gay men, is still live.  And has been for a while.  The profile shows nearly 135,000 followers.  Martsinkevich’s VK.com profile includes photos like this:

restruktAnd this:

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And this:

Note that this is a 3rd different victim.

Note that this is a 3rd different victim.

And this:

Some of Durov's victims are not targeted based on their sexual orientation. He claims some are drug dealers, and other segments of society he doesn't like.  It's unclear why this victim was was selected.  He's naked, by the way.

Some of Durov’s victims are not targeted based on their sexual orientation. He claims some are drug dealers, and other segments of society he doesn’t like. It’s unclear why this victim was was selected. He’s naked, by the way.

And videos like this (this is a screen capture of the video posted on VK.com two months):

Video of Maxim Martsinkevich's kidnapping and hitting a young gay man - the video is posted on VK.com.

Video of Maxim Martsinkevich’s kidnapping and hitting a young gay man – the video is posted on VK.com. In the video every time Martsinkevich goes to hit his victim, they black out the screen, but you can hear him being hit, and him protesting.

As I have no where to post the actual video, here’s a snippet done in animated gif format.  Every time you see the Russian words come up, Martsinkevich is punching his victim (he appears to be punching him in the kidney in one frame). I’ve frozen the video for one second each time the victim is about to be hit. If you could hear the sound, you’d hear the punches and the victim begging for Martsinkevich to stop, which Martsinkevich’s accomplices laugh in the background.  This is the the kind of anti-gay violence that Durov permits to be posted on VK.com.

VK.com is supposedly the 4th most visited website in all of Europe. I’d have thought Europe would have had laws against Web sites that glorify the abduction and torture of 15 year olds.

Video of Maxim Martsinkevich's kidnapping and hitting a young gay man - the video is posted on VK.com.

Video of Maxim Martsinkevich’s kidnapping and hitting a young gay man – the video is posted on VK.com.

How is this not aiding and abetting the serial kidnapping and torture of young gay and trans teens?

Martsinkevich’s is even now using VK.com to launch a petition to rally his anti-gay gay-bashing supporters, and pressure the authorities to drop the charges against him.

Pavel Durov fashions himself as the Mark Zuckerberg of Russia, jetting to technology conferences around the world.  But for all the things you can say about Facebook’s Zuckerberg, he never profited off of the serial kidnapping and torture of LGBT teens.

Durov should be ashamed of himself.

Perhaps it’s time people took a closer look at Durov’s and VK.com’s business ventures.  It would be quite interesting to see what large international brands are willing to associate themselves with a business and person who made their wealth in part off the backs of kidnapped and tortured gay and trans teenagers.

And before anyone raises the issue of “censorship” or “freedom of speech,” name me a social media company, besides VK.com, that would permit kidnappers to post videos of their teenage victims’ abduction and torture, and then would permit the kidnappers to use their Web site to organize themselves and their criminal kidnapping enterprise.  Facebook? Twitter? Tumblr? No.  No one would.


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