The ECHR has considered the law on gay propaganda in Russia is discriminatory
MOSCOW, 20 Jun — RIA Novosti. The Strasbourg court of human rights considered discriminatory Russian law banning gay propaganda among minors, said the court’s decision, received by RIA Novosti.
“In business, “Baev and others V. Russia” the European court of human rights by six votes to one, found a violation of article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on human rights and a violation of article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) in conjunction with article 10 of the Convention (freedom of expression)”, — stated in the decision.
The court found that “although the relevant laws are aimed primarily at the protection of minors, these laws were not clearly defined and their application was arbitrary”.
Against the law to the ECHR was filed by three activists of the LGBT movement in Russia, Nikolai Baev, Nikolai Alexeev and Alexey Kiselev. According to the court, the Russian authorities must pay Baev 8 thousand euros, Alekseev 20 thousand euros, and Kiselev — 15 thousand Euro as compensation of moral harm.
Russian authorities have repeatedly denied allegations of discriminatory nature of the law on gay propaganda among minors. The head of the constitutional court of Russia Valery Zorkin has previously explained that the legal meaning of the law is to primarily denote understanding of homosexual behavior as deviant from the norm.