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Russian group throw tomatoes at Dutch King and Queen

Activists from a Russian opposition group threw tomatoes at Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, as they arrived for a concert in Moscow today.

Eduard Limonov, the leader of the banned National Bolshevik Party, said two of its activists hurled tomatoes at the royals, but Russia's state security agency said they missed their target.

Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Credit: Reuters

Limonov said the stunt was intended to attract public attention to what he called the Netherlands' failure to properly investigate the death of the group's member, Alexander Dolmatov, who committed suicide in January at a Dutch deportation centre.

The royal visit has come amid tensions between the two nations caused by Russia's seizure of a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace ship.