2017-06-20 13:28:00

Russian Justice Ministry to appeal ECHR judgment on Russian law banning gay propaganda amongst minors

Moscow, June 20, Interfax - The Russian Justice Ministry is unhappy with the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which gives an award of approximately 50,000 euros to three LGBT movement activists for a breach of their rights, and will appeal it before September 20, the ministry said.

"The Russian Justice Ministry disagrees with the European Court's conclusion on the alleged breach of the convention and believes that provisions of certain regional laws banning propaganda of untraditional sexual relationships amongst minors are not at odds with the international practice and have the sole purpose of protecting morals and health of children," the ministry said in a report obtained by Interfax on Tuesday.

The ministry and relevant governmental agencies will prepare Russia's legal stance within the next three months for filing an appeal with the ECHR Grand Chamber, the report said.

The Russian laws "did not impose any measures leading to a ban on homosexuality or its formal condemnation, did not contain any signs of discrimination, and did not allow excessive actions of the authorities by their essence," the report said.

"The Russian constitution guarantees equality of human and civil rights and freedoms irrespective of any circumstances and prohibits any forms of discrimination for social, racial, ethnic, language or religious reasons," it said.

Hence, the challenged legislative provisions cannot be viewed as a disproportionate limitation of free speech, the report said.

The ECHR posted on Tuesday its judgment on the Bayev, Kiselyov and Alexeyev vs. Russia case of the alleged breach of Articles 10 and 14 of the Human Rights Convention through the ban on public declaration of identity, rights and social status of sexual minorities. The court gave an award of 49,100 euros to the plaintiffs to reimburse them for moral damage and legal costs.