Sochi sexual minorities' organization files lawsuit with European court

Activists from the movement campaigning for the rights of sexual minorities have filed a claim with the European Court of Human Rights seeking to recover from the Russian authorities 200,000 euros in compensation for the denial of registration of an LGBT organization in Sochi.

"On August 20, the founders of the public organization Pride House in Sochi filed a claim against Russia with the European Court of Human Rights over the authorities' denial of registration to the organization," a report posted on the website GayRussia on Monday says. The press release says Pride House was created "to fight homophobia in sports and to promote the ideas of tolerance during the Sochi Olympics."

The Russian Justice Ministry refused to register the organization, in particular, because of the presence of foreign words in the name. the activists contested the decision in the Krasnodar Pervomaisky Court, but Justice Svetlana Mordovina declines the claim, upholding the registration denial.

The court decision, in which the purposes of Pride House were found to "contradict the foundations of public morals," drew criticism from the gay community. Supporters of the LGBT movement tried to file an appeal, but the Krasnodar Territory's Court declined it.

Moscow gay pride parade organizer Nikolai Alekseyev said defenders of sexual minorities' rights are trying to open Pride House bypassing the procedure governing the registration of the society in the Russian Justice Ministry. "We are working on alternative ways to open Pride House during the Sochi Olympics, and we already have unique agreements on how it can be done without interference from the Russian authorities," Alekseyeva quoted GayRussia as saying.

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