Russia to appeal against European court ruling on ”gay propaganda”

Moscow will consider the decision made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which found Russia’s legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality Russia’s legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality to be discriminatory, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled in favor of three Russian gay activists challenging Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” law.

The activist is no stranger to contesting Russia’s anti-gay laws before the Strasbourg court. The claimants were awarded some 50,000 euros ($55,000).

“It’s important to note that we’re talking about (banning the promotion of homosexuality to) minors”.

Following legislation in several regions, Russian Federation in 2013 adopted a federal law prohibiting dissemination to minors of “propaganda” legitimising homosexuality.

Anti-gay law “incompatible” with democratic values, ECHR said.

The activists appealed to the human rights court after the Russian Constitutional Court upheld their convictions on the grounds they protected morals.

“We have managed to legally prove that by adopting those laws, Russian authorities breached their global commitments under the European Convention”, he added.

Although homosexuality was decriminalised in Russian Federation in 1993, prejudice is common and human rights activists allege widespread abuse. In the most recent case, Russia’s Constitutional Court said in January that the ECHR ruling ordering payment of almost 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion) in compensation to shareholders of the defunct Yukos oil company can not be enforced.