2013-07-24 09:44:00

Russian migration service denies entry to 4 Dutch citizens for homosexuality propaganda

Moscow, July 24, Interfax - The Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) has imposed a three-year entry ban on four citizens of the Netherlands for violating the Murmansk regional law banning homosexuality propaganda among minors.

"The FMS ruled that their entry be barred for three years," the FMS told Interfax.

The FMS made this decision because the true purpose of the four Dutch citizens' stay in Russia proved to be different from that indicated in their visa applications.

"They were granted visas to promote cultural ties, but in reality they participated in a seminar during which homosexuality propaganda was spread," an FMS spokesperson said.

A number of media outlets reported earlier that groups of rights activists gathered in the Murmansk region for a Youth Rights Camp cultural and educational event on July 20-21, which also included a speech by Kris van der Veen, a member of the Dutch organization LGBT-Groningen. The Dutch group was also shooting a documentary film about the observance of human rights in Russia.

Police and migration officials arrived at the camp on July 21 and drew up a report on the violation of a ban on the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors. Police also seized videos of interviews with minors, according to media reports.