Dutch tourists accused of gay propaganda freed

25 Jul

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“They were discussing human rights when suddenly the police and migration officers burst inside.”

By Cathy Kristofferson, July 22, 2013

Today a court hearing scheduled in Murmansk, Russia for the Dutch tourists arrested on ‘gay propaganda’ charges. It would seem that the judge did not hear the matter but rather “returned the case materials for further investigation.” We reported the arrests and detention of the tourists here.

The tourists were charged with an apparent violation of the new ‘anti-gay propaganda’ law by Russian authorities.  There is still no official statement from the police or authorities on the proceedings.

As things unfolded this morning, I was of the same mind as a tweet I saw:


Reports stated the 4 Dutch citizens (not 3 as previously reported) were detained at one of the events for “Youth Human Rights Camp” held this weekend in Murmansk. The group from Groningen, Netherlands, the Dutch “sister” city to…

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