LGBT rights activist contests gay propaganda law in Strasbourg
MOSCOW, June 13 - RAPSI. LGBT rights organization founder Nikolai Alexeyev filed on Wednesday a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights against a St. Petersburg law prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality among minors.
Alexeyev told the Russian Legal Information Agency that he seeks 50,000 euro from the authorities for violating Article 10 on the right to freedom of expression and Article 14 on the prohibition of discrimination under the European Convention on Human Rights. He expects his complaint to be registered by the court within a week.
The complaint also included statements by various international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, which strongly condemned the newly adopted St. Petersburg law and similar laws from other Russian regions.
The law enacted in St. Petersburg on March 30 sets fines for gay propaganda.
Any violation constitutes an administrative offense.
Under the new legislation, public rallies to promote homosexuality, bisexuality or transgender issues among underaged individuals are punishable by fines of up to 5,000 rubles ($153) for individuals, 50,000 rubles ($1,530) for officials and 250,000 to 500,000 rubles ($7,670 to 15,340) for legal entities.