The European court for human rights, have ruled that a Russian law aimed at protection children from homosexual influence goes against the European Treaty. The ruling comes after the case was brought on by three gay activists who had been fined for publicly holding up banners furthering acceptance and tolerance of the LGBT community.
Until 1993, homosexuality was illegal in Russia and while it has been legal since then, several attempts have been made to restrict the gay community of Russia.
The laws has been described by Russian Officials as being strictly in place to protect children from homosexual advertisement and influence but have due to its vague wording been used to ban Gay Pride parades and detain members of the LGBT community. It is due to this use of the law that the court found the law to be in violation of human rights.
Russia, a traditionally conservative society, continue have a growing LGBT community and every year strides are made for equal right and while the culture continues to gain acceptance there is still work to be done. The Russian people remain divided on the issue with a majority of the population taking a conservative stance.
A country adhering to tradition
Especially the religious community dominated by the Russian Orthodox Church see this as an attempt to force upon Russia, liberal European views upon a country who wish to adhere to traditional values.
“On LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), we do not prosecute for this or that orientation,” says Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.
“The way this law has been applied shows that it is not aimed at protecting minors, but at removing LGBT people… and at stripping them of their rights” says one of the activist who were punished under this law.