Rammstein guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Krusp kissed onstage during their concert at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia on Monday night in a direct protest to Russia’s “gay propaganda” law.
Landers and Krusp kissed while performing the heavy metal band’s 2019 song “Ausländer.” Under Russia’s “gay propaganda” law, which passed in 2013, it is illegal to promote “non-traditional sexual relations” to youth. The law is also enforced for foreigners who can be arrested and detained for up to 15 days, fined up to 5,000 rubles and deported. It is unclear if Rammstein, whose band members hail from Germany, will face repercussions for the kiss.
Rammstein proudly displayed a picture of the kiss on Instagram captioning the post “Russia, we love you.”
According to Rolling Stone, Rammstein has proudly supported LGBTQ rights at their past concerts. At a show in Poland, frontman Till Lindemann waved a Pride flag while crowd surfing in an inflatable boat.