MOSCOW, March 7 (RAPSI) – The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Russia violated right to respect for family life of a Kazakh national Murat Kamenov, who was banned from entering Russia in 2014, the court’s judgement reads on Tuesday.

Kamenov first entered Russia in 2000 and later married a Russian citizen and became a father to two daughters. The new family settled in town of Slantseviy Rudnik in the Saratov Region with Kamenov extending his temporary residence permits on a regular basis. In August of 2013, his permit was extended again, being valid until August of 2016.

In April 2014, however, Russian authorities refused to grant Kamenov entry to Russia on the grounds of a report provided by the Federal Security Service (FSB). This decision was appealed by Kamenov, but upheld by the Saratov Regional Court.

In its judgement, the court noted that it could review the FSB report and that the exclusion of Kamenov was related to the threat to national security. The court nevertheless refused to disclose the specific reasons for Kamenov’s entry ban referring to the interests of state security and adding that in this case the public interest prevailed over Kamenov’s private interest. This ruling was later upheld by the Administrative Cases Chamber of the Supreme Court.

ECHR found that the Russian state violated Article 8 (right to respect of family life) of the European Convention of Human Rights and ruled to grant Kamenov €12,500 in non-pecuniary damages and €2,390 in costs and expenses.