Rammstein members kiss on Moscow stage in defiance of Russian anti-LGBTQ laws

Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe kiss onstage
(Image credit: Chrischi1404 / YouTube)

Rammstein guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe kissed onstage during the band's set at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Monday. 

The move, made in defiance of Russia's anti-LGBTQ laws, was celebrated by Rammstein in an Instagram post headlined "Russia, We Love You!".

Russia's "gay propaganda" law was passed in 2003 by President Vladimir Putin. Its stated aim is to prevent children from being exposed to homosexuality by making it illegal to present any homosexual act as normal. 

Under the law, foreigners can be arrested and detained for up to 15 days or fined up to 5,000 rubles, then deported.

A week ago at the Stadion Śląski, Chorzów, in Poland, drummer Christoph Schneider was ferried across the crowd in a rubber dinghy while waving a Pride flag in support of the Poland's LGBTQ community, who had faced violent attacks during Pride Month.

Rammstein are currently touring to support their seventh, self-titled album

Last month the band announced a European stadium tour for 2020. They have since announced UK shows in Coventry and Cardiff.

Tickets are on sale now

Россия, мы любим тебя! Photos: @jenskochphoto Rammstein

A photo posted by @rammsteinofficial on Jul 30, 2019 at 10:23am PDT

Rammstein Moscow Setlist
Was Ich Liebe
Links 2-3-4
Zeig Dich
Mein Herz Brennt
Heirate Mich
Deutschland (Richard Z. Kruspe remix)
Mein Teil
Du Hast
Ohne Dich

Engel (with Duo Jatekok - piano version)

Du Riechst So Gut
Ich Will

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.