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(...)

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(...)

A mirror in the Moscow apartment of Dutch diplomat Onno Elderenbosch on which attackers drew a heart and the letters “LGBT” (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) in lipstick. The incident comes amid growing tensions between Russia and the Netherlands over the arrest of the 30 crew members of a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace vessel. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The United States entered the growing diplomatic row between the Netherlands and Russia last night, condemning as “unacceptable” an attack in which a (...)