Maxim Martsinkevich, a Russian neo-Nazi who is said to have made videos of himself torturing gay men, had his five-year labor camp sentence cut to less than three.
Martsinkevich, who started the Russia “Occupy Pedophilia” vigilante movement and is known locally as “Tesak” or “Machete,” had his sentence changed on appeal because his charges of making extremist statements did not cause any deaths, as BuzzFeed’s Susie Armitage first reported.
The charges came after Martsinkevich posted videos on VK, a Russian social media website, in which he talked about a race riot in Moscow. His words and actions against gay people, which were said to be influenced by Russia’s controversial “gay propaganda” law, were not brought up in the case against him.
Members of Martsinkevich’s group, which is “against the promotion of homosexuality” and people with “non-traditional sexual orientation,” allegedly forced a gay man to drink his own urine, according to a BBC report (which you can watch above).
The way Russia treats its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is back in the news after being brought to the world’s attention at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year.
This month, a memorial to Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Inc., was taken down in St. Petersburg. This happened just days after Jobs’s replacement, Tim Cook, came out as gay in a touching Businessweek essay.