Patriarch Kirill

Three Dutch tourists visiting the city of Murmansk have become the first foreign victims of Russia’s gay propaganda law.

The Russian LGBT Network reported on Sunday that the trio had been detained by the police on charges of violating the country’s “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors” law.

It is unclear what they did that caused them to be arrested.

Under the law, signed by President Putin late last month, a tourist who displays any public support for gay rights or gay people could be arrested for up to 14 days before being thrown out of Russia.

The law is so vague and broad that even proclaiming to be gay or wearing a pro-gay t-shirt in public could be a violation.

The tourists were released by police but are set to appear in court today.

The Russian LGBT Network said that it is proving legal assistance to the three.

On Sunday, Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, told churchgoers that he supported the state’s gay propaganda law.

He also warned that the legalisation of same-sex marriage would result in the destruction of humanity.

“This is a very dangerous sign of the apocalypse … It means people are choosing a path of self-destruction,” Kirill said in a sermon at Kazan Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square.

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