LGBT+ activists appealed to the ECHR on the threats of "Pila."
LGBT+ activists appealed to the ECHR on the threats of "Pila."
03 February 2021
In December and January, 6 LGBT+ activists appealed to the ECHR with complaints about the ineffective investigation of Pila's threats. Complaints were sent by Mikhail Tumasov, Oksana Berezovskaya, Igor Kochetkov, Alexander Belik, Ekaterina Sokol, Georgy Timofeev. Previously they had filed allegations of a crime with the FSB, but did not receive a proper response. 
  
In July 2019, the homophobic project Pila published on its website threats against all representatives of the LGBT+ community, including 19 human rights defenders, LGBT+ activists and journalists, as well as the editorial staff of Novaya Gazeta and the Russian Service of Radio Liberty. 
  
The Russian LGBT network called on activists to appeal to law enforcement agencies with a demand to find and bring to administrative and criminal liability the persons behind the creation of the homophobic project "Pila." In response, the investigative department of the FSB of Russia found that it had no grounds for making procedural decisions.
 
As we learned at the end of December last year from an FSB certificate attached to the case file, more than 870 people supported our campaign. The FSB perceived those appeals as a provocation and did not conduct a due process check on them. We appealed against the lack of review to the Lefortovo District Court, and then to the Moscow City Court. All of them confirmed the legality of the FSB actions. 
  
In December 2020 and January 2021, LGBT+ activists decided to appeal against the ineffective investigation of claims due to threats of a homophobic project and sent applications to the European Court of Human Rights. 
  
The Russian LGBT Network thanks the activists and caring people who supported our campaign and sent complaints to law enforcement agencies. We have sent over 870 complaints together! 
  
We urge you to defend your rights and remind you that we are ready to support you in this. 
  
Alexander Belik, lawyer of the Russian LGBT Network, “In our opinion, the homophobic Pila project meets the criteria of an extremist community, as it is united based on hatred and enmity towards LGBT+ people to commit hate crimes. 
  
If the FSB considered that there were no extremist elements in Pila's actions, it should have submitted a statement about the crime to the responsible department, and not answered with formal replies about “provocations.” We are also now appealing the inaction of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in this case.”