Maksym Aristarkhov, an associate of one of the most famous Russian far-right activists, Maksym Martsinkevich, nicknamed Tesak, was killed in the fighting near the city of Avdeevka in the Donetsk region of Ukraine.
As Aristarkhov’s colleagues said, a cluster munition flew into them. Two fighters ended up in the hospital, and Tesak’s associate, as it is said, died. His body has not yet been found.
Last July, a Russian court sentenced Maksym Aristarkhov to 16 years in prison in the case of the murder of two migrants in 2007 on the grounds of ethnic hatred. At the time of the sentencing, Tesak’s associate was already serving a long prison sentence for the murder of a taxi driver.
At the same time, Aristarkhov was charged with double murder on the basis of Martsinkevich’s testimony, which he gave shortly before his death in pre-trial detention center.
According to the Regrum agency, Aristarkhov, together with a number of other prisoners, went to war in September of this year, joined the Storm Z assault unit.
- Maksym Martsinkevich was found dead in a cell of the Chelyabinsk pre-trial detention center in the fall of 2020. It is known that they were going to send him to Moscow for questioning on several more murder cases. According to the FSIN and the Investigative Committee, Tesak, fearing a life sentence, committed suicide. Tesak’s relatives believe that he was killed, and that he gave his testimony under torture, the traces of which on the body of the deceased were confirmed by an independent examination.
- After Martsinkevich’s death, it became known that he left three suicide notes, but they contradict each other. In one of them, Tesak actually admits that he participated in many murders, in the second he reported that he framed himself and his associates. The authenticity of the notes has not been officially confirmed.