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Dutch filmmakers detained in Russia for ‘spreading homosexual propaganda’

Monday, July 22, 2013

MURMANSK, Russia — Four Dutch filmmakers, including an elected Dutch city official, were arrested and briefly detained in this northern Russian city Sunday on charges of “spreading homosexual propaganda” under the country’s new anti-gay laws.

Russian media reported that the four were released Monday after the local magistrate’s court cancelled their appearance without explanation after local authorities failed to bring the case forward.

However the four were fined 3,000 rubles each (about $93 USD).

A police source told Russian-language news site, that the men were arrested near a “Youth Human Rights Camp,” as they were filming a documentary about the city of Mumansk, including the local LGBT community.

Among the young people whom they interviewed about their views was a gay 17-year-old gay teenager. The source confirmed that the filmmakers’ video recordings were seized as evidence.

Among those arrested was Kris van der Veen, a city councillor for the left-wing green party GroenLinks in Groningen, the Netherlands. Van der Veen is also chairman of the foundation LGBT Groningen, which advocates for LGBT rights in the Netherlands and abroad.

According to LGBT activists, the four men are the first foreigners to be arrested in Russia under the new anti-gay laws.

According to a Tweet from Van der Veen, the Royal Dutch Embassy in Moscow is assisting the four as they prepare to leave Russia, although they could still face a future prosecution over the incident.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law last month, making it a criminal act to discuss homosexuality to minors.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. Boycott the Olympics.. simple as that. If this is how the Russians are going to treat foreigners, they don´t deserve our money.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:03am
  2. sounds like the TP/GOP no talking about GAYS thne they no longer exist ……ignorance is NOT bliss it is destructive

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:12am
  3. boycott! Totally agree!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:13am
  4. Boycot the Russian Winter Olympics. No ground for HATE to raise the 5 ring flag over.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:16am
  5. I didn´t know we had any propaganda to spread.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:22am
  6. Like I said before FUCK RUSSIA

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:31am
  7. Omg. Boycott, sanctions!!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:34am
  8. @Dustin Saying fuck Russia because of the bigots in their govenrment is like saying fuck America because of the homophobes in our government.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:59am
  9. @Alex We don´t have the extreme laws that they have.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:03am
  10. There must be a dislike button. How to like such a thing? Anyways it´s not just the government. There seems to be a growing homophobia among citizens of Russia.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 9:44am
  11. <3

    Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:43pm