Russian diplomat detained in Holland. Putin demands apology

9 October 2013 10:40
(QHA) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded an apology after police in the Netherlands briefly detained a Russian diplomat for alleged domestic abuse, BBC informs. Moscow said Dmitri Borodin had been badly beaten in front of his children and Mr Putin said those involved should be punished. The Dutch foreign minister said the matter was still being investigated. To be noted, ties between the countries have been strained by the detention of Greenpeace activists in Russia last month. The Netherlands launched legal action last week to free the activists, who were charged with piracy after a protest on an Arctic oil rig owned by state-controlled firm Gazprom. As reported earlier, 30 people, two of them Dutch citizens, were arrested aboard the Dutch-flagged Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise.