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Council of Europe must maintain focus on LGBT rights in Russia

As the world's media focuses on the increasing tensions between western Europe and Russia, the Council of Europe should not lose sight of its duty to hold Russia to account for its ongoing and frequent violations of the human rights of LGBT people.

In 2010, the European Court of Human Rights held in Alekseyev v Russia that Russia had violated several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights by virtue of the disproportionate interference with Mr Alekseyev's right to freedom of assembly created by the Moscow authorities repeatedly banning him from holding gay rights marches and pickets.

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe have had the judgment in Alekseyevunder "enhanced supervision" since it was made final, but have been unable to secure compliance with it from the Russian authorities. 
Since the judgment, Mr Alekseyev has attempted to hold public events which were rejected by the authorities, has been administratively arrested for 10 days and…

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