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Russia Gives Anti-Gay Neo-Nazi Leader Lighter Sentence

by Jason St. Amand

National News Editor

Wednesday November 12, 2014

The head of the Russian-based anti-gay/neo-Nazi vigilante group "Occupy Pedophilia," which reportedly abused LGBT youth after luring them via social media, will serve less time after being sentenced to five years in prison for "inciting and fomenting cases of extremism," BuzzFeed reported Tuesday.

Russian officials cut more than two years off the sentence of Maxim Martsinkevich, who is known as "Teask" (Russian for "cleaver"), according to Russia's TASS information agency.

Martsinkevich's group equates gay men to pedophiles and targets them via social media and online dating websites, subjecting them to abuse and humiliation, which is taped and posted online before it is sent to the victim's family and friends.

The anti-gay activist was found guilty in August after he posted videos to the social media website VK.com. In the clips he made racial slurs and talked about his extremist opinions on Russia's state of the union. His anti-gay rhetoric and abuse were not included in the prosecutor's case against him, however.

Martsinkevich's sentence was shortened on appeal because his crime of making the extremist comments did not result in any casualties.

He previously served three-and-a-half-years for a prior conviction of extremism, BuzzFeed notes.

Martsinkevich made headlines earlier this year for fleeing Russia for Cuba after he had been on the run from Russian authorities for crimes charged against him. He lived in Cuba for about a month before he was arrested and sent back to Russia, where he was detained by Russian police and charged under article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code, which is the incitement of hatred or enmity and human dignity with violence.

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