MOSCOW, November 8 (RAPSI) – The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held on Tuesday that the rights of a Donetsk resident were violated as she was separated from her family in Russia because of testing HIV-positive and held that she should be paid a €15,000 in compensation.

The applicant moved to live in Russia in the early 2000s and eight years later met a Russian national, whom she married in 2012. In March 2013, the woman was returning home by train after a visit to Ukraine, together with the two children. At that time, the Russian Border Control Service informed her that she would not be allowed to re-enter Russia citing a decision pronouncing her presence in Russia to be undesirable, which the Consumer Protection Authority (Rospotrebnadzor) issued on June 9, 2012. The decision was taken on the grounds the applicant was tested positive for HIV.

The Court has found that the applicant’s rights were violated under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (right to respect for private and family life).