Hooligans throwing tomato at Dutch king in Moscow may be arrested for no more than 15 days

The two young people detained outside of the Moscow conservatory on Saturday for throwing a tomato at the king of the Netherland will come off with civil punishment, a source in law enforcement told Interfax.

The source reminded Interfax that a young man and woman were arrested by the Russian police for yelling and hurling what looked like a tomato at Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima before a ceremony in Moscow on Saturday.

Acts of a civil offense (minor misconduct) were issued with regard to the offender who proved to be a resident of Komsomolsk-on-Amur and his female friend. Court of justice will now decide their fate. The maximum punishment that the offenders may face is civil arrest for a term of up to 15 days.

Earlier reports said that the arrival of the king and queen at the conservatory that was the scene of the closing ceremony of the Netherlands Year in Russia and Russia Year in the Netherlands was marred by an escapade by the young people.

When the royal couple came out of their car and headed for the conservatory building along the red carpet laid for them, two onlookers started shouting, "You have Dolmatov's blood on your hands!" An object looking like a tomato went flying towards Willem-Alexander and Maxima but fell to the ground before reaching the king and queen. Security guards and police stopped the troublemakers and escorted them to a police van.

The king and queen made no reaction and proceeded into the conservatory building to attend the ceremony that began with a concert of the Netherlands' Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, whose main conductor is Mariss Jansons of Latvia.

Alexander Dolmatov, an activist of the opposition Other Russia party, fled to the Netherlands and asked for asylum there for fear of arrest in connection with riots on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square in May 2012. He committed suicide at a deportation center in Rotterdam after his appeal was rejected, Dutch authorities arguing that he would run a minimal risk if he returned to Russia.

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