Alexander Bohun, a 24-year-old former contestant on Ukraine’s version of The X Factor, is the latest victim of Occupy Pedophilia, a group of vigilante Russian skinheads known for targeting, torturing and publicly humiliating gay men.
Bohun responded to a personal ad on Russian social media site VK, only to be met by the extremist group and its founder, Maxim “The Cleaver” Martsinkevich. LGBTQ Nation reports that Brohun was intimidated with threats of violence to confess, on camera, to seeking sex with a minor.
In a video of the encounter, Bohun is seen shirtless with Jewish stars and a derogatory remark scrawled over his torso while using a dildo as a fake microphone. Martsinkevich shaves Bohun’s head, paints his skull rainbow colors, and forces Bohun to drink urine, which he then pours over his head.
“I was referred to as “pedophile,” mocked, and forced to admit actions and desires that I have not committed in any circumstances, and I had to admit all that publicly,” Bohun said in a police report.
Based on the complaint Bohun filed with police last week, Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has launched a criminal investigation into Martsinkevich’s activities. Martsinkevich fled Russia last month to avoid charges of “extremism.”
Martsinkevich and his Occupy Pedophilia movement have been responsible for a number of attacks on gay men, which they defend as a way of purging Russia of pedophiles — without making a distinction between pedophilia and homosexuality. At least one of their victims has reportedly killed himself after suffering abuse at their hands.
Bohun’s attorney, Elena Kherson, said Martsinkevich violated Ukrainian law by falsely accusing her client of a crime without a trial or investigation and is demanding that the video be removed from the internet.
“There is no evidence of the involvement of Alexander Bohun, in the crimes of which Martsinkevich accused him,” Kherson said, “and most importantly, he is the true victim here.”