Oct 4, 2023 at 10:57 AM Update: 6 minutes ago
Marina Ovsyannikova, the Russian journalist who protested on television against the war in Ukraine, has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison in Russia. She was not present in court herself, because she fled to Europe.
Ovsyannikova gained international fame through a protest on Russian state television. She disrupted a news broadcast on March 14 and showed a sign with texts such as “they are lying to you” and “stop the war”. That happened a few weeks after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The journalist has also campaigned near the Kremlin. There she showed a poster in July last year with the message that President Vladimir Putin is a murderer and that his soldiers are fascists.
Russian news employee disrupts broadcast with protest
Punishment is lower than required
A Russian court ruled that Ovsyannikova was guilty of “knowingly spreading false information about the Russian armed forces.” The sentence is slightly lower than the more than nine years that prosecutors had requested.
As far as we know, Ovsyannikova is not in Russia. She previously violated her house arrest, cut off her electronic ankle bracelet and fled with her daughter to a country in Europe.
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