The Russian Supreme Court has found lawful the requirements set for the appearance of schoolchildren and enforced by a resolution of the government in the Republic of Mordovia, which banned the wearing of the hijab and other religious clothes at education establishments in the region.

The appeal challenging that ban has been rejected, and the resolution of the Mordovia Supreme Court has come into effect, an Interfax correspondent reports.

The petitioners who represented the Islamic community of Mordovia asked for the decision of the Mordovia court to be declared unlawful and claimed it violated the freedom of religion.

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