The protests of the inhabitants of Landgraaf turned out to be effective, and the honorary consul of Russia, Constantijn van Vloten, was forced to close the consulate located in Strijthagen Castle in the south of the Netherlands.
Soon after the Russian aggression on Ukraine honorary consul Russia Constantijn van Vloten gave an interview to the daily “De Limburger” in which he declared that he strongly supports Vladimir Putinand Russia was “actually too soft for thirty years.”
The consul also said that war in Ukraine it’s a “peacekeeping mission with side effects.” For this reason, he was forced to close the honorary consulate of the Russian Federation, which was located in Maastricht in the south the Netherlands.
Residents’ protests at Strijthagen Castle
According to “De Telegraaf”, at the request of the Russian embassy, the Dutch-Russian artist Alexander Taratinov offered the consulate hospitality in the Strijthagen castle in Landgraaf, where he lives with his wife Katja. “So the consulate found itself in a commune that receives over a hundred refugees from Ukraine,” notes the newspaper.
The new location of the Russian consulate met with protests from local residents. Complaints and demands for its closure reached the town hall, the daily reports. “We consider it undesirable to identify the municipality of Landgraaf with Putin and his adept,” reads a statement from the GBBL party, which co-rules the city with a population of 37,000.
Taratinov complained to the Russian ambassador in The Hague and at the same time decided to close the consulate, reports “De Telegraaf”.
The 70-year-old Dutchman ran extensive business in Russia, his company ran, among others, restaurants in museums in St. Petersburg, reports the daily “De Volkskrant”. The newspaper recalls that the Russian consul boasted of written praise from Putin and called himself a baron because he had purchased a title of nobility in Croatia.
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