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Russia: Four Gay Dutch Tourists Arrested for Violating "Gay Propaganda" Law
The new "gay propaganda" law that basically makes it illegal to talk about homosexuality has been used to arrest four Dutch tourists. Salon.com reports:

Four Dutch tourists were arrested in Russia on Sunday for violating the country's ban on "homosexual propaganda," making them the first foreigners to be charged under the new law. According to a statement from the Russian LGBT Network, the Dutch gay rights advocate Kris van der Veen reportedly interviewed young people about their views on gay rights for a documentary about human rights in Russia, a violation of the draconian law criminalizing the free expression of gays and lesbians in the country:


Four Dutch citizens are accused of spreading "propaganda of non-traditional relationships among the under-aged" (that is, gay propaganda). [On the] 20th and 21st of July, on the campsite called "Frigate," a cultural event was held under the title "Youth for Human Rights Camp". In its program there was included the performance of Kris van der Veen from Dutch LGBT-Groningen. In addition, there were shown shots of a documentary telling about the Human Rights situation in Russia.


Such a bullshit law - makes you thankful for the US's first amendment protections, doesn't it? 
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Published on:  July 22, 2013


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