LGBT activists contested the Russian law banning the propaganda of homosexual relations among minors in the European Court of Human Rights after two activists were prosecuted for conducting pickets near a children's library in Arkhangelsk.

"The Russian federal law banning gay propaganda has been contested in the European Court of Human Rights," Nikolai Alekseyev, a leader of the LGBT movement, told Interfax on Monday.

The activist believes the law, which was passed last year, violates his right to freedom of expression, which is guaranteed by the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Alekseyev and Yevtushenko intend to seek compensation for the administrative fine and physical and moral damage by filing a claim in the Strasbourg court.

The Oktyabrsky District Court earlier upheld a decision made by an Arkhangelsky magistrate court, which fined Alekseyev and Yevtushenko 4,000 rubles for conducting one-man pickets near a children's library.

The gay activists conducted the pickets near a children's library in Arkhangelsk on December 2 after the city mayor's office declined to authorize a mass picket. The men held posters in support of homosexuals.

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