July 22, 2013

Four Dutch tourists were arrested in Russia for spreading “gay propaganda,” making them the first foreigners to be charged under the country’s controversial anti-gay laws.

One of the Dutch citizens, Kris van der Veen — an LGBT activist — was believed to be making a documentary about gay rights in Russia when he and his two companions were arrested Sunday in the northern city of Murmansk (right) for violating the “rules of stay.”

According to Gay Star News, van der Veen had interviewed a teenager for the doc , which is in direct defiance of the anti-propaganda law President Vladimir Putin signed into law earlier this year.