Apr 022013
Amsterdam flies gay flag for Russian president Putin

On Tuesday, Russia's ambassador to the Netherlands Roman Kolodkin and President's Special Representative for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi told reporters as Vladimir Putin and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will open in Amsterdam on April 8 Russian-Dutch year. Putin's visit to the Netherlands will take place against the backdrop of a gay parade ... against Russian law on "promotion of homosexuality."

8 April in Amsterdam, President Vladimir Putin together with her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will cross the Russian-Dutch. Visit the partner country has cultural, political and economic activities. One of the main events will be the presentation of the exhibition at the Dutch branch of the Hermitage Museum, dedicated to "the unknown Peter."

- The visit is scheduled for a short time, but tight. Initially, the President, together with Queen Beatrix will open the exhibition on Peter the Great. Then scheduled to hold talks with the Prime Minister, as well as meeting with the captains of business, - announced the plan of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Netherlands Roman Kolodkin.

The history of the partnership between the two countries has about 400 years. This is primarily economic relations, tied to the mining, manufacturing, transport and communication.

As an added special presidential representative for international cultural cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi, however, the main event will be an exhibition dedicated to the "ambiguous figure of Peter I».

- It will be one of the biggest surprises. Peter I the visitors appears a man with impeccable European taste, with understanding of what is modern art of its time, contemporary architecture - said Shvydkoi.

At the exhibition you can see personal memorabilia and the king made with his own hands or brought for him.

- Exhibition, in particular, looks at what is taught Dutch Peter not only to build ships, but also made him a sailor, - added to colleagues head of the department of Russian Culture Hermitage Vyacheslav Fedorov.

As for the economic and business agreements, there are planning to sign a number of papers. For example, "Gazprom" signed an agreement with the Dutch gas company «Gasunie», and "Renova" - a local company for the production of bioplastics. Recall that the "Renova" - Russian private business group controlled by businessman Viktor Vekselberg. He recently received about $ 7 billion from the sale of its stake in TNK-BP. To date, the "Renova" examines three areas for future investment: high-tech engineering, biomedicine and IT.

In addition to extended Russian-Dutch program for training managers and agreed to "some relief" visas for those who come through the activities of the Year.

It should be said that the visit of the head of state will take place against the backdrop of the city authorities approved amstredamskimi gay parade against "antigeyskogo law" was adopted a year ago in St. Petersburg.

Organizer and coordinator of the action serves the world's oldest LGBT organization COC Nederland, established in 1946 (it even has a special consultative status with the UN). Another demonstration will be held at the monument to all gays and lesbians are persecuted because of their sexual orientation. According to surveys in social networks, these activities will have about 900 people, about three thousand like that sort of initiative, are thinking about whether to join the demonstrators, about 500 citizens.

The question "MC" that will follow if any reaction of the Russian authorities to these events, Mikhail Shvydkoi said: "We do not Interfere will. There is freedom of speech. However, there is a protocol, a visit to the parade certainly whatsoever. "

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