Thursday, August 8, 2013

RUSSIA - Nazi-linked Russian vigilantes busted in bullying footage probe

Russian Nazi Group
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Russian police are probing members of a group that gained notoriety over publishing online videos showing bullying of people they claimed to be sex offenders. A cache of weapons was confiscated in a recent raid.

Police is suspecting three people in the small town of Kamensk-Uralsk in the Russian Urals of at least 11 beatings of different victims between April and June. The bust on the alleged assailants’ homes last week resulted in confiscation of dozens of melee and thrown weapons, including knives, knuckles, maces, baseball bats, a flail, nunchucks, and some ninja stars.

The suspects are members of a local branch of Okupay-Pedofiliay (the name is a wordplay reference to the Occupy Wall Street movement and pedophilia). It is a loosely-connected network of radically-minded people who supposedly share the goal of outing and publicly humiliating sex offenders.

The network was inspired by the infamous Russian nationalist and far right-wing extremist Maksim Martsinkevich (Wikipedia), nicknamed Tesak (hatchet), who was sentenced to three years in prison back in 2007 for hate speech and calls for violence.

There are some 30 branches of Okupay across Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Activists are expected to pose as minors online and engage in conversations with sex predators with the goal of setting a meeting. The person lured in this way is then confronted by the activists, who would “talk” to him aggressively on camera, making him confess to being a sex offender. The footage is then uploaded on the internet.

In practice however the controversial tactics often result in outright bullying of those the activists don’t like for some reason. The branch in Kamensk-Uralsk made no secret that they see no difference between child molesters and gay people, and presume that non-Slavs are likely to be gays or criminals.

Their page on the popular Russian social network VKontakte (In Contact), before it was suspended in mid-July, was a mixture of white supremacist ideology, thinly-veiled praise of Nazism and bragging of their actions.

It will be good when we have an iron curtain against all this sh*t creeping from Europe,” Mikhail Krasnov, one of the activists explained his view to news website back in July. “The regime has to be either national-socialist or a strict form of communism. I don’t care if we all have similar pants. But I will be certain that no Tajik will sell pot to my son next to his school and no homo gets him from the bushes on his way home.”

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The group came to relative prominence this year after they claimed that one of their victims, [name withheld], had committed suicide after the attack. The group went to great lengths to mock the 19-year-old and brag about his death.

The claims of the death stirred quite an outrage in Russian social media. But they were later proven to be false, although the victim was reportedly quite traumatized psychologically by the ordeal.

MachetesApparently the group is hungry for publicity and finds inspiration in the actions of Martsinkevich. One of the causes for his prosecution was filming and distributing a video of fake KKK-style execution of a “Tajik drug dealer”.

During his trial, he told the Russian media: “Drug dealers, as I understand, are a social group protected by our Constitution. Well, I respect our court’s decision, so I will probably have to apologize to drug dealers. I am glad that I didn’t say anything about pedophiles, because I believe if I did I would be charged with more serious stuff.”

Police are investigating the Kamensk-Uralsk activists’ computers and other materials also seized in the raid for possible clues for their alleged crimes. So far the suspects have not been charged and are not being held in custody. They are facing up to three months in prison, if they are charged and found guilty of causing bodily harm, the article of Russia’s penal code mentioned in the criminal case against them.

In one of their latest video address members of the group called on their supporters to send more money, which they said they need to pay for a lawyer. Many said they stand “for the cause” in their online comments, but just a handful shows it in monetary terms, they complained.

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Loneranger said...

And this is somehow unusual? Happens all the time in the land of the free. If it's not some skinhead group it's the US marshals bashing in doors to harass someone that hasn't signed his paper. The idea of the registry and sex offenders has morphed into a justification to harm people. Acting as judge, jury and in some cases executioners. When will we take responsibility for creating this? Germany during Hitler's time labeled and publicly humiliated sex offenders. Then as people got used to the idea that certain groups were subjected to this more groups were added. The German government through propaganda developed this to the point where it was ok and even required to view certain groups as animals with less rights than your average dog.
When infact they did have rights but were stripped away using laws specifically created to skirt the constitution and eventually rendering it worthless except for the ones that the government felt worthy. However even these people had lost their protections from the government passing such laws.

the fact that the registry has been proven to be ineffective in reducing the rate of offences has to be a red flag. there is something else that drives this. The number of first time offenders ones not on the registry stays constant. Lending to the idea that the registry doesn't stand as a deterrent, No matter how cruel they treat sex offenders the same number of new cases appear each year. How can this be? Well something to ponder i'm sure as what we are doing has no effect on the problems we have.

So now we talk about Russia and how nazi influenced groups are violent and hunting sex offenders. We have the same thing here. Gee it all started before with sex offenders and registering them. Public humiliation as well as propaganda spread by the government with an agenda. We all know where this went the first time. Well seaming meaningless laws passed. A constitution skirted and then what?
We have spread the idea that sex offenders must be treated like animals. A justification to label and track people. so when will they come for you?

Right now today we are talking about how our constitution and bill of rights means nothing to protection the average person. We have just noticed that all our phone calls and e-mails are being saved for future investigation. We scream we are being violated. What about the constitution and bill of rights that say they can't do that?

When it came to sex offenders we gave them up. For the good of the populous. Have you forgotten that the registry is only regulatory? Civil and doesn't come under the constitution as it is for the safety of the populous. Tracking your phone calls and e-mails and even where you are is for the safety of the population. Regulatory as we allowed the supreme court to rule.

When they will not admit that the registration violates the constitution for fear that they might be forced to stop what they are doing. These laws open the door to the government being allowed to proceed with monitoring everyone. You can't say yes to one group and not to the entire country.

America is influential around the world. Other countries watch what we do and if it works or not. however these influences are not always used for good and what we do isn't always immediately looked at as problematic. When the majority of the world looks at registering and tracking any one group as a precursor that occurred to Germany they stay away from it. Why open the door to this? It's not that they like sex offending it's they won't allow this to happen and be used on everyone.

As we can see happening in Russia in this article it has happened here. If we take a look at history and the mechanics of dismantling a constitution we have already gone down the path. Once on it we will be led like lambs to the slaughter.

Think I'm wrong?

Sex Offender Issues said...

Just curious, don't you ever get tired of typing so much? :)

No One said...

Sometimes it is therapeutic to put thoughts on paper... I enjoy and always read loneranger's comments.

Type on, Loneranger!