FOUR DUTCH NATIONALS ARRESTED IN RUSSIA ON GAY PROPAGANDA CHARGES

22 Jul

Monday 22 July 2013

Four Dutch nationals have been arrested in Russia on charges of spreading ‘homosexual propaganda’, Nos television reported on Monday.

The four were arrested at a festival in Murmansk, close to the border with Finland, and are due to appear in court later on Monday, the broadcaster said. They face a fine.

One of those arrested is Kris van der Veen, who is a councillor for the left-wing green party GroenLinks in Groningen. He is also chairman of the foundation KGBT Groningen, which campaigns for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.

Nos says the four were making a documentary about gay rights in Russia and had been questioning youngsters about their views.

The four have been released pending their court appearance and Van der Veen used Twitter to say they are being helped by the Dutch consultate.

© DutchNews.nl

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One Response to “FOUR DUTCH NATIONALS ARRESTED IN RUSSIA ON GAY PROPAGANDA CHARGES”

  1. Tom M. HIV/Global Rights Activist. July 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    I always wondered. In providing equality should we blame systems or should we also question our personal attitudes? When is it provocation or mere freedom to travel to destinations of one’s liking as long as one can afford to? These subjects, especially sexuality, HIV, Drug use, stigma and discrimination have been a subject that occupied my free time. I have learnt quite a lot about human nature. Thanks for this blog. You are doing great work.

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