Amsterdam to welcome Putin with rainbow flags

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

BY MATTHEW RODGERS
dot429

The Netherlands has decided to protest against Russia’s anti-LGBT legislation by raising rainbow flags on public buildings as Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Amsterdam. Since the beginning of 2013, 11 Russian provinces have adopted “anti-homosexual propaganda” legislation that criminalizes any public display of homosexuality with punishments of up to two years in prison or an equivalent of a $16,000 fine.

Putin is due to go to the Maritime Museum and The Hermitage Museum on April 8, where he and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will attend the official Netherlands-Russia 2013 Year of Friendship opening ceremony. The celebration marks a year since the two countries agreed on a cultural and economic exchange.

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