Russian police detain a gay rights activist during a protest in StPetersburg on May 1st last year. Russian gay rights activists have expressed concern about “conflicting messages” regarding Dutch government support for their cause. Photograph: Reuters

When a senior Dutch diplomat was attacked and beaten in his Moscow apartment in October and the letters “LGBT” scrawled in red lipstick on a mirror, t(...)

DDutch prime minister Mark Rutte has definitively ruled out any disciplinary action against police officers who arrested a senior Russian diplomat at his home last weekend. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has definitively ruled out any disciplinary action against police officers who arrested a senior Russian diplomat at h(...)

Dutch King Willem-Alexander (centre) and Queen Maxima  are welcomed by Swedish speaker of parliament Per Westerberg   in Stockholm on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

The Dutch government says it still expects a state visit to Russia by King Willem-Alexander to go ahead next month, despite the attack on one of its d(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has demanded an apology for the arrest of the Russian diplomat

Relations between the Netherlands and Russia, already strained over the detention of the Dutch-flagged Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, worsened yester(...)

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