Russian neo-nazi leader continues using Putin-friendly to plan abductions of young gays

Russian neo-Nazi leader Maxim Martsinkevich continues to organize and execute his nationwide spree of homophobic, anti-semitic and racist kidnappings from prison, with the help of Russian social media giant VKontakte (aka

Just yesterday, Martsinkevich posted a help-wanted request on, seeking coconspirators to conduct more kidnappings of minorities in Russia.  (Martsinkevich’s organization, called Occupy Pedophilia, claims to have conducted nearly 1,500 abductions in the past 18 months.), founded by Russian social media mogul Pavel Durov, and now-controlled by friend-of-Putin billionaire-oligarch Alisher Usmanov, is the platform favored by Russian neo-Nazis when planning and publicizing the nearly 1,500 abductions they claim to have committed in just the past two years.

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A recent victim of Russia’s neo-Nazi crime wave was this young South African student who was studying abroad in Russia. He was stripped, head shaved down the middle, a rainbow flag painted on his scalp, and then he had a watermelon shoved in his face, presumably because he is black. The video of his abduction was posted on

Neither Putin-friendly, nor Putin himself, seem to have much interest in taking on the Nazis in their midst.  Which is ironic, since the Russian government has used the “Nazis are coming” leitmotif to describe the unrest in Ukraine, and to justify Moscow’s invasion and occupation of Crimea, for a while now:

The conflict in Ukraine can be difficult to sort out, but on the most recent edition of “Vesti Nedeli,” Russia’s most popular evening news program, a sober-voiced announcer broke it down into very simple terms. “Experts,” he intoned, “are more and more comparing the actions of these nationalists with those who came to power in Germany in the 1930s.”

Russian billionaire oligarch Alisher Usmanov, who is the second largest shareholder in Megafon, a company that the NY state and city pension fun invests in, and who now controls

Russian billionaire oligarch Alisher Usmanov, controls MegaFon, a company that the NY state and city pension fun invests in, and now controls

I wrote in depth about Putin’s tacit consent for Russia’s neo-Nazi crime wave the other day, so I won’t rehash all of it here.  But in a nutshell, concommitant with the country’s overall crackdown on dissent, and in particular its recent draconian legislative attacks on gay and trans Russians, far-right Hitler-loving extremists began to organize, and coordinate their actions, nationwide, forming a new organization called “Occupy Pedophilia.”

Occupy Pedophilia’s mission is to find young gays online, some as young as 13 years of age, and lure them to a “date” (the underage ones, if they are unsure about meeting, are often offered large sums of money for sex) where they are confronted by up to a dozen young men who detain them, beat them, force them to confess their “sins” on camera, strip them down, shave their heads in reverse-mohawks, paint rainbow flags on their scalp, draw Stars of David on their chest if the victim is thought to be Jewish, force feed them urine to cure them of their homosexuality, and more.

Ukrainian TV star kidnapped and tortured by Occupy Pedophilia.

Ukrainian TV star kidnapped and tortured by Occupy Pedophilia. (Image from Usmanov’s

The video and photos of the entire abduction and torture are then posted on, which generally refuses to take the evidence of the crime down unless the victim comes forward, which is unlikely after undergoing such torture in a country so supremely homophobic.  Again, keep in mind, some of the victims are only 13 years of age.  The victim below, for example, was 15.


Buy it’s even worse than that.  Not only does refuse to enforce its own terms of service regarding the publication of what practically amounts to “gay snuff-films,” aka violence porn, but even refuses to stop the neo-Nazi kidnapping gangs from using its service to organize and commit their crimes.

For example, for two months now, Occupy Pedophilia’s St. Petersburg branch (the organization has 30 branches, most of which have their own organization platform on has had a classified-ad of sorts up on seeking an apartment in which to conduct its kidnappings of young gays, which they call “safaris” since they are “hunting” gays.  The ad, which also includes a solicitation for anyone willing to serve as “bait” to entrap young gays, remains live to this day (translation via Google):

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As documented in my earlier, longer, story, this is not the only help-wanted request that the neo-Nazis have posted on with impunity.

Posted on by Occupy Pedophilia Moscow: "I'm not Jewish, I just have greedy bones."

Posted on by Occupy Pedophilia Moscow: “I’m not Jewish, I just have greedy bones.”

But things got even more interesting yesterday. The head of the nationwide neo-Nazi criminal conspiracy, Maxim Martsinkevich, who is currently under arrest pending prosecution for an unrelated crime (the Russians refuse to prosecute any of the members of Occupy Pedophilia for any of their 1,500 abductions), himself post a help-wanted on, asking for assistance in committing even more kidnappings of gays, Jews and blacks in the country.  Martsinkevich, who has been using to organize his criminal conspiracy for a while now, has nearly 140,000 “followers” on the site.

Here’s Martsinkevich’s latest request for help, posted on yesterday. Note that it includes a video of one of his organization’s abductions.


In his help-wanted post, Martsinkevich references Katerina Zigunova (aka Katrina Logunova), his ideological “daughter,” and one of his top lieutenants, like the rest of the 30-branch strong Occupy Pedophilia crew, remains at large, unhindered by Russian law enforcement that clearly knows who they are, and clearly does not care.

Here is Zigunova/Logunova, in a Nazi homage she posted on (pro-Nazi posts are also against’s terms of service, yet the social media site is full of them):


If Vladimir Putin truly cared about Nazis, he’d have closed down Occupy Pedophilia 18 months ago, and he’d have arrested every one of its members.  But instead, even from prison, Occupy Pedophilia’s leader continues to use the company of Vladimir Putin’s close ally, Alisher Usmanov, to plan even more neo-Nazi kidnappings of young Russian gays.

Interestingly, Bloomberg reports today that the Russians have ordered to shut down a number of its profiles used by Ukrainian nationalists.  Yet still no word from the Russian government about the actual Nazis that have been using to plan and commit nearly 1,500 kidnappings for over a year:

On March 3, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecommunications watchdog, ordered social-networking site VKontakte to block access to the online communities of 13 Ukrainian nationalist organizations. The agency said the Ukrainian groups had called on Russians to participate in terrorist activities and illegal gatherings. VKontakte complied with the order in Russia, but the groups can still be accessed by users in Ukraine, according to the St. Petersburg-based social network.

So in a very real way, some of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s best oligarchs are Nazi-enablers, as is Putin himself. Keep that in mind the next time you hear the Russians shed some crocodile tears about the “Nazis” they’re fighting in Ukraine.



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28 Responses to “Russian neo-nazi leader continues using Putin-friendly to plan abductions of young gays”

  1. Dave says:

    Guys, sign petition calling to put their leader Tesak in jail:

  2. mika says:

    it is the same as to say in google was listed a video with murder in it and the founder of google is Obama’s friend so Obama is serian killer

  3. mika says:

    are you retarded? what is the relation between Putin and Vk? maybe the chair man of Vk is just his friend, so what?

  4. 4th Turning says:

    It seems obvious to you and to me and no doubt to very many others…
    I’m fairly certain there are influential LGBT folk everywhere and not just in flower
    shops and hair salons. Even in the justice(?) dept, immigration-and wait for it- the
    cia. Hopefully, there is more going on than currently meets our eyes.
    Apparently, everything russian media (aka fox news) is grinding out now
    is a force-feed western conspirary. Did you happen to catch any shots of
    benevolent leader opening the paralympics?-a most revolting spectacle…

  5. frogview says:

    I am also glad this is not a forgotten story. But my question is, why has no country offered asylum to the LGBT people of Russia, as Scotland offered it to LGBT Ugandans?

  6. 4th Turning says:

    Found this article on The Elephant Sanctuary website-a group I modestly
    contributed to back when it was just getting established. I am continually
    amazed to read that researchers keep discovering “intelligence” every
    where they care to focus. Just in the nick of time-as it appears rapidly
    dying out in our species.

    “We now have solid evidence that elephants are some of the most intelligent, social and empathic animals around—so how can we justify keeping them in captivity?” [or their mass slaughter for the asian ivory trade-my p.s.]

    If you’ve been to any of new england’s quaint sea coast towns and gazed
    upon their various Downton Abbeys, keep in mind they were built on the
    backs of slaves and whales.

  7. ComradeRutherford says:

    Elephants are amazing creatures and highly intelligent. They go to their graveyards and caress the bones of their ancestors…

    Whales, too, are like that. I remember a Greenpeace video from 20 years ago (or more) where they were trying to interfere with a Russian whaling ship by putting their rubber boat in between them and the whale. But the whale zigged when Greenpeace zagged and the whale got shot by the harpoon. Instantly, the whale turned and charged. But it knew that the little Greenpeace boat had not harmed the whale, it swam past them really close by and you can see the whale’e eye looking at the camera as it swims past. The whale attacked the whaling ship trying to get to the harpoonist, but to no avail, of course. The Russians killed it anyway.

  8. zzz says:

    Anti-Russian propaganda. I wonder how much of it is real…

  9. 4th Turning says:

    Hey, I appreciate your asking-left that ref. vague hoping someone would.
    Apparently, the poachers figured out that a couple hundred circling birds
    gave away their location, camps, additional stalking, etc. Besides the whole
    blood ivory issue, what makes this particularly insidious is that such poisoning
    kills all the other animals that come in to scavenge. Am reminded of what sheep
    and cattle types did back there to exterminate our own native wolf population.
    I don’t get that some in that 1% pay to go over to Africa to actually shoot their
    own elephant and after all we have learned about these (to my eye) beautiful
    beasts and their rapid decline.

  10. ComradeRutherford says:

    No, please! Tease away!!!

    I am amazed at the continual inhumane actions of people.

    What is the point of killing vultures? I get why they kill elephants, for the ivory, but the vultures?

    “Well, buzzards can fly! And they keep the desert clean!!!”

  11. melitagnm105 says:

    my Aunty Amelia got a new blue Land Rover LR4
    only from working part time off a home computer… helpful hints B­i­g­4­1­.­ℂ­o­m

  12. 4th Turning says:

    Agree. I’m really not looking to read a hundred and eleven comments saying
    how awful a hundred and eleven times. I wouldn’t mind seeing a thousand and
    eleven bearing witness in, say, the Quaker tradition-online -as during past
    episodes of wretched human depravity or like Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo…
    Just this week learned on npr poachers were salting elephant carcasses with
    poison killing thousands of vultures. Somehow all this is connected in my mind.
    The most awful part of all the awfulness going on has been in seeing how easily
    members of my own species are able to justify the out and out madness that
    results in macabre frenzies of torture/shooting/hacking each other to death.
    No matter Hubble. No matter genome. Lust for power trumps everything.

  13. Charles Cornelius says:

    “they have problems with AIDS, orphans, poverty, drug overdoses, alcoholism, wifebeating, gangs etc etc…just a hopeless country”

    Sounds just like America!

  14. ComradeRutherford says:

    I am outraged, but I have no comment. It’s awfulness stands on it’s own.

    The last time I commented on this site, someone took me to task for espousing censorship.

  15. ComradeRutherford says:

    “There were a lot of supportive comments from insane Christian Taliban Americans on the last video of them being attacked.”

    Because American Conservatives wish they could openly murder everyone they don’t like.

  16. 4th Turning says:

    John, you went to considerable lengths to raise this issue again. It’s been up for several hours and
    so far only “12” comments… Curious, I went back to 2/18-30 comments… Gus got 52. I’m supposing
    several thousands of the 40k check in on a reg. basis? This particular subject continues to bother me
    a lot yet today seems to barely move the outrage-o-meter needle? I feel you are right to revisit it
    even as other issues may be more immediately urgent (sadly providing just the distraction and
    cover those psychopaths can use to ramp up their despicable activities). Can your webdesigner
    include some kind of ongoing count of visitors and their countries of origin like other blogs?
    Is there absolutely no way of monitoring the fate of those “1,500”??? Seems like someone
    over there must know about your blog and our genuine concern and want to provide
    updates even via old fashion letter which is probably far more secure at this point.

  17. magster says:

    God bless them! They are using their fame (and that they are pretty doesn’t hurt) to shine a light on Putin’s Russia, and I fear that they won’t make it to 2015.

  18. Anonymous says:

    The entire justice system is F’ed up there, and that should be evident by the fact that some of these guys were sentenced to 3 mo. People are also put in jail for no reason reason (if the gov’t doesn’t like them, for example). The only reason Tesak went to jail is that he’s anti-Putin.

    The gov’t doesn’t give a shit about the people so what incentive do people there have to respect each other…they have problems with AIDS, orphans, poverty, drug overdoses, alcoholism, wifebeating, gangs etc etc…just a hopeless country

  19. 4th Turning says:


    A rough road for any individuals or groups ISO public awareness and conscience this side
    of the Atlantic.

  20. Anonymous says:


  21. Anonymous says:

    Not even surprising…the poor sods now support censorship in their own country. Brainwashing + nationalism = a subservient, malleable people. Even the US is guilty of drumming poisonous messages into our heads.

  22. Wow hadn’t seen that either, thank you

  23. jomicur says:

    Putin the mad dictator is behaving in precisely the way mad dictators always have. Our LGBT brothers and sisters in Russia were only his first targets; they will hardly be the last. The incredible thing is that so many people, both inside and outside Russia, seem to be unable or unwilling to recognize him for what he is. Has Russia really forgotten that funny little lunatic with the toothbrush mustache? Do they really not remember what he did to his own country and to much of Europe in the bargain? Does no one outside Russia remember either? Have we forgotten what it took to stop him (when he could have been stopped much more easily earlier, before his madness got too ambitious)? Sadly…well, I think we all know the answers at this point…

  24. Indigo says:

    O Tchaikovsky! O Diaghilev! O Nijinsky!

  25. magster says:

    Semi-related story posted today: Putin’s brownshirts poured chemicals and threw metal objects on the Pussy Riot singers when they were sitting at a McDonalds. Russia is one f’ed up place right now.

  26. Brilliant, thank you! I hadn’t seen that. Just added it to the post. Perfect.

  27. pliny says:

    You forgot the bit where the Russians are fine with this crap being on VK, but if you support the Ukraine, that just *has* to be removed…

  28. Anonymous says:

    AKA “How I forced a prostitute to give me a blowjob to show him that prostitution is wrong.” or “How I gouged out the eye of a kid who sold sex so he could eat that week.”

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