Judgment concerning the Russian Federation

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In the case of Romanov and Others v. Russia, the Court held that there have been several violations of the Convention.

The case concerned Russia’s alleged failure to protect the applicants, all members of the LGBTI community, from homophobic attacks and to conduct an effective investigation into the incidents.

The Court found that the authorities had failed to take effective measures to prevent the hate-motivated attacks and that the investigating authorities had repeatedly rejected the applicants’ allegations of homophobic motivation behind the attacks, without properly addressing their complaints in that regard. It noted with great concern that this appeared to be common practice in dealing with hate crimes against LGBTI people in Russia.

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