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

European Court blasts Russia 'gay propaganda' law

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against Russia's "gay propaganda" law, saying that banning the promotion of homosexuality is discriminatory and reinforced homophobia after three gay activists argued their case.

Tuesday's ruling came in a lawsuit brought by three LGBT rights activists who were fined under local versions of the ban for protests staged between 2009 and 2012 at venues including a building used by the city administration of St. Petersburg, a children's library in Arkhangelsk, and a school in Ryazan.

Russian police officers detain a gay rights activist with his flag during an attempt to hold a gay pride parade Sunday in Moscow, Russia. Authorities say it is in the interests of children. Although the laws were meant to protect minors, "the limits of those laws had not been clearly defined and their application had been arbitrary", the court announced in a press release, cited by TASS.

After attempting to appeal the decision, the activists filed a complaint about the Russian law with the European Court of Human Rights.

Gay rights activists take part in a protest event called the March against Hatred in St. Petersburg on November 2, 2014.

But President Vladimir Putin in December 2015 signed a law that allows Russia's Constitutional Court to decide whether or not to implement rulings by worldwide courts.

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Stating that it breaches human rights and promotes homophobia, the court slammed Putin's administration.

The courts ordered Russian Federation to pay each of the three activists damages of between €8,000 and €20,000. Tatiana Lokshina, the Russian program director for the Human Rights Watch, says claims of torture were credible, but they they haven't received new claims in a while, thus, "It seems like the Kremlin made Kadyrov stop", as a result of the consolidated worldwide pressure on Russia in the wake of the news of these camps.

"This decision will of course be reviewed", said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

The court was further critical that the Russian laws were not clearly defined, leading to gray areas in how they were applied.

One of the claimants, Alexeyev, described the ruling as "an enormous court victory for LGBT people in Russian Federation".

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