Good news, but it will be a hollow victory if the dictatorship in Russia decides to ignore the ruling.
Russia is not really a democracy (even though it pretends to be). If it’c convenient for the authorities to ignore this ruling then they will.
Thanks to all the media who helped us showing that in Russia, LGBT activists are actively trying to bring more democracy. Today’s decision is a step in what we have been trying to accomplish for 5 years and in which we already succeeded. We have been fighting against stereotypes. The Moscow Pride campaign is not about doing march once a year in the streets of Moscow. It became much more than that. A symbol of the breach of fundamental freedom of any citizen. Five years ago, Russian media only portrayed gays as guys dressed in woman’s clothes. The Moscow Pride campaign helped to get to the mainstream media and show that we were not different than others. At least we won on that. Via different prime tv and radio show we entered into everyone’s home to push our issues, not necessarily successfully, but at least, we provoked a debate in the society. And don’t tell me that Moscow Pride increase homophobia. A poll conducted in 2005 and 2010 on homophobia by the same institute showed that it is stable !
Where the hell would we be without the European court of human rights?
It might take time, but hopefully, this may be remembered as the beginning of a new era for democracy in Russia.
Congratulations to Nikolai!
Nice one, guys! Victory very well-deserved. And thanks again to the ECHR.