Published On: Mon, Jul 22nd, 2013

Curaçao born documentary maker Sharelly Emanuelson arrested in Russia

Sharelly Emanuelson WILLEMSTAD – Sharelly Emanuelson, known for the documentary Su Solo i Playanan, was arrested in Russia. According to the Dutch news channel NOS Emanuelson is in Russia along with three other Dutch colleagues to make a documentary about homosexuality among young people. However, the country is not very tolerant of homosexuality. The quartet could be fined 51.550 euros according to the anti-gay propaganda law.

The four were arrested at a festival in Murmansk, near the border with Finland. One of those arrested is Kris van der Veen, town councilor for Dutch political party GroenLinks in Groningen. The exact charge is unknown, but they interviewed young people for their documentary. This is seen in Russia as a violation of the law prohibiting propaganda of homosexuality.

In the Netherlands there was, during the state visit of President Putin last April, a demonstration organized against the law. But it does not look like Netherlands will exert pressure on Putin and Russia to abolish the law. At present, the filmmakers are helped by Dutch consulate

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