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4 Dutch Tourists Suspected of Gay Propaganda Crime in Russia

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Four Dutch who were engaged in making a documentary about homosexuality in Russia, have been arrested on suspicion of gay propaganda. They are the first foreigners to be officially charged under the anti-gay law

RIA Novosti reports:

Four Dutch citizens detained by police during a gay rights seminar outside the northern Russian city of Murmansk appeared in a local court Monday suspected of promoting homosexual relationships among minors, according to human rights activists and local media reports.

Investigators and migration officials reportedly detained the four, who were making a film about gay rights in Russia, on Sunday afternoon at a campsite during an event for young rights activists. The four were then questioned for about eight hours, said Tatyana Kulbakina, a representative of human rights monitoring organization OGON.

Those detained included Kris van der Veen, a gay rights activist and a Dutch city councilman.

?Instead of sitting on the plane, we?re still in Murmansk,? Van der Veen wrote on Facebook on Monday afternoon. ?It?s about the documentary, homosexual propaganda. It?s going alright, but it?s not clear what to do next. There has been lots of support and help from activists and the consulate.?

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