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Russian Ultranationalist Refuses To Cooperate With Investigators

Maksim Martsinkevich (file photo)
A Russian ultranationalist extradited from Cuba this week is refusing to cooperate with investigators.

A spokeswoman for Russia's Investigative Committee, Viktoria Tsyplenkova, said on January 29 that Maksim Martsinkevich -- also known as "Tesak" (Machete) -- was formally charged with extremism on January 28 but refused to answer investigators' questions.

Martsinkevich last year founded a homophobic group, Occupy Pedophilia, whose aim was to "cure" homosexuals through humiliation and torture.

Several videos of Martsinkevich and his followers humiliating and beating gays circulated on the Internet in 2013.

In December, a Moscow court sanctioned Martsinkevich's arrest in absentia. If found guilty, he faces up to five years in jail.

He was detained by Cuban law enforcement agencies in Havana on January 17 for staying in the country without a valid visa for more than 30 days.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS