German metal band Rammstein have hit headlines once more; this time while performing in Moscow by protesting anti-LGBTQ laws.
While onstage at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe kissed in defiance of Russia’s controversial laws against members of the LGBTQ community.
Back in 2013 the Russian federal law enforced the ‘Russian gay propaganda law’ after it unanimously approved and signed by President Vladimir Putin. At the time of its inclusion, the Russian government went on to state that the sole purpose of the law was to “protect children from being exposed to homosexuality.”
The decision for Rammstein to protest the law comes with the threat of prison time, the ‘Russian gay propaganda’ law can result in foreigners being arrested and detained for up to 15 days before being deported. The law also states that, if found guilty, foreigners can be fined up to 5,000 rubles and subsequently deported.
Given the pressures and prison time imposed on leading Russian protesters like Pussy Riot, the move by Rammstein is yet another major display of support for the LGBTQ community.
Posting on social media, the band wrote “Russia we love you!” in Russian. Below, see that post along with footage of the moment.