The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered the Russian authorities to pay almost 5,500 euro ($7,500) in damages to a Russian citizen, who earlier filed a lawsuit claiming that the right to respect for his private and family life was violated, the court said in a press release on Thursday.

The lawsuit, which was lodged by Murmansk resident Alexandr Khmel, centers on an incident that occurred on April 27, 2003, when Khmel, who was a member of the Murmansk regional legislature at that time, was detained by policemen and taken to a police station on suspicion of driving his car under the influence of alcohol.

The ECHR noted that Khmel had refused to name himself and had disobeyed police officers' orders.

Policemen then decided to invite a television station's crew to the police station, where the cameraman managed to record Khmel's inappropriate behavior and remarks.

This footage was shown by local TV channels the following day.

A fine of 1,500 rubles ($46) was imposed on Khmel in 2003.

In 2005, a local court found the man guilty of threatening and insulting representatives of the authorities and ordered him to pay a fine of 7,500 rubles ($229).

In his lawsuit, Khmel claimed that the decision to record this video at the police station and then show in on TV stations was illegal.

He also accused the Russian authorities of breaching Article 4 of Protocol 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees the right not to be tried or punished twice.

The Strasbourg-based court, for its part, agreed that the Russian authorities had violated these two principles of the convention and ordered them to pay Khmel compensation of 5,000 euro ($6,880) and another 450 euro ($620) in legal expenses.

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