ECHR reaffirmed the anti-legalism of Russian gay propaganda law

 The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has rejected the appeal against the case of “Bayev and Others v. Russia”: the case concerns the law banning gay propaganda, examining which, the ECHR has previously recognized it illegal.

The complaint has been sent to ECHR in June by the Ministry of Justice of RF.

The Ministry of Justice of RF has announced that they regretted the ECHR’s decision. The statement also says that in the future work with ECHR, they would defend national interests.

“Further steps of the Ministry of Justice of Russia with relevant works will be built in accordance with the national interests of the Russian Federation and within the framework of international law norms and universal principles”, – is written in the statement posted on the website of the Ministry.

In the appeal, the RF Ministry of Justice had written that the term “non-traditional sexual relations” used in the Russian law did not mean that the state gave a negative assessment to non-traditional sexual relations.

According to the RF Ministry of Justice, the formulation in the law “cannot be regarded as an official criticism of non-traditional sexual relations and, moreover – a prohibition”.

Let us remind that the activists Nikolay Bayev, Aleksey Kiselev and Nikolay Alekseyev, who were held accountable for the propaganda of “non-traditional relations” in Russia, had lodged a complaint to the ECHR.

It should be noted that, since 2013, there is an administrative punishment for gay propaganda among minors in Russia. It envisages a fine of or up to five thousand or one hundred thousand rubbles if the propaganda has been carried out on the Internet. Since September 2012, the law on the protection of children from harmful information has also entered into force in the Russian Federation, according to which the media are obliged to label their content with signs of age limitations.

Thus, rejecting Russia’s complaint, the ECHR reaffirmed the previous verdict that the law, prohibiting the so-called gay propaganda, is illegal.