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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No Headscarves In Passport Photo

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal filed by a group of Muslim women against a police requirement that they pose for passport photographs without their headscarves.

Ten women from Nizhnekamsk, in the predominantly Muslim republic of Tatarstan, filed the appeal in January protesting a 1997 Interior Ministry directive prohibiting head coverings in ID photos.

The women say they are required to wear headscarves by the Koran, which tells women to dress modestly.

Their lawyer, Farid Zagidulla, said the Supreme Court's decision contradicts the Constitution and that he will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

Roza Latypova, one of the plaintiffs, said that women in her hometown and in other parts of Tatarstan have refused to be photographed without a headscarf.

The women and their supporters at the hearing said the decision signals that religious freedom is being abused in Russia.