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Russia to appeal against European court ruling on 'gay propaganda'

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Protesters wearing masks of Russia's President Vladimir Putin take part in a demonstration against the country's 'anti-gay' laws outside the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London February 14, 2014.Neil Hall/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it would appeal against a European Court of Human Rights ruling which said a Russian law banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors was discriminatory.

Earlier on Tuesday, the court said the law flouted people's freedom of expression and was discriminatory against gay people.

"The (Russian) Justice Ministry expresses its disagreement with the conclusions of the European Court," the ministry said in a statement, saying it would prepare an appeal within three months.

Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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