On April 8 the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, visited Amsterdam. Thousands of people used the opportunity to show their dismay with the Russian bill against homosexual “propaganda” among minors and the general clampdown of gay rights in Russia.
Amsterdam has sixteen record stores. Some specialize in spoken word or soul and R&B, others cater to the growing number of vinyl collectors. Distortion Records is located in the Westerstraat in Amsterdam and sells independent record labels.