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> Under the legislation, any event or act regarded as an attempt to promote homosexuality to minors is illegal and punishable by a fine. Russia argues it's designed to defend morality and children's health. But critics say, it's been used to stop gay pride marches and detain activists.
Tuesday's case was originally brought by three Russian gay rights activists who were fined for holding banners which encouraged exhibits of homosexuality. The ruling has strained already poor relations between Russia and the Stratford based court which last year had said Moscow had violated the European Convention on Human Rights in all but six of its 228 judgements of Russian cases.