Russia has been fined by the European Court of Human Rights for blocking the registration of three LGBT+ groups.
Rainbow House, Movement For Marriage Equality and Sochi Pride House claim that the authorities refused to register them as legal entities because they would ‘destroy the moral values of society’ or ‘undermine sovereignty and territorial integrity' by 'decreasing' the country's population.
The European Court unanimously agreed that Russia had discriminated on the grounds of sexual orientation and had violated people’s right to freedom of association.
Russia has been told to pay the equivalent of £38,350 to the three complainants.
The court took the position that ‘citizens should be able to form a legal entity in order to act collectively in a field of mutual interest’.
The Russian government, led by President Vladimir Putin, had argued that the groups contravened the country’s laws, referring to the fact that ‘propaganda of non‑traditional sexual relations aimed at minors’ was prohibited.
They further claimed that the aims of the groups were ‘contrary to national traditions, to the State family policy and to Russian law, which provided that marriage was the union of a man and a woman with the aim of giving birth and raising children’.
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