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Immoral Truth vs. Untruthful Morals? Attempts to Render Rights and Freedoms Conditional upon Sexual Orientation in Light of Russia's International Obligations

https://doi.org/10.17589/2309-8678-2014-2-1-81-105

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Abstract

The recently adopted Russian federal legislation provides for imposition of the so-called ‘administrative’ sanctions for dissemination of any information regarding issues related to ‘social equality’ of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities ‘among minors’ for certain purposes (listed in the relevant provision). Under the new laws, such conduct qualifies as an administrative offence. In parallel with the aforementioned amendments, Art. 127 of the Family Code of Russian Federation was modified to prohibit adoptions by married same-sex couples and unmarried citizens of any state where homosexual marriage is permitted.

The present article is written in the attempt to explore whether the recent Russian legislation is compatible with international standards of human rights protection deriving from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights and the relevant jurisprudence of international bodies. Is there any possibility to justify the restrictive laws under international law, bearing in mind the support of this legislative trend by the majority of the Russian population?

About the Authors

Maria Issaeva
Managing Partner at Threefold Legal Advisors LLC
Russian Federation
Managing Partner at Threefold Legal Advisors LLC (4 Ilyinka, Moscow, 109012, Russia)


Maria Kiskachi
Associate at Threefold Legal Advisors LLC
Russian Federation
Associate at Threefold Legal Advisors LLC (4 Ilyinka, Moscow, 109012, Russia)


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Issaeva M., Kiskachi M. Immoral Truth vs. Untruthful Morals? Attempts to Render Rights and Freedoms Conditional upon Sexual Orientation in Light of Russia's International Obligations. Russian Law Journal. 2014;2(1):81-105. https://doi.org/10.17589/2309-8678-2014-2-1-81-105

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