Former Russian State TV Journalist Marina Ovsyannikova Detained; Charged With Spreading False Information About Russia’s Armed Forces

FILE – Marina Ovsyannikova, a former Russian state TV journalist who quit after making an on-air protest of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, speaks to journalists as she arrives for a hearing in a court in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 28, 2022. Russian authorities on Wednesday raided the home of a former state TV journalist who quit after making an on-air protest against Moscow’s special military operation in Ukraine. The case against Marina Ovsyannikova was launched under a law that penalizes statements against the military. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
Former Russian State TV Journalist Marina Ovsyannikova Detained; Charged With Spreading False Information About Russia’s Armed Forces

Russian authorities detained a former state TV journalist who quit after staging an on-air protest against Moscow’s war in Ukraine and charged her Wednesday with spreading false information about Russia’s armed forces, according to her lawyer.

Marina Ovsyannikova was charged over a separate street protest last month, when she held up a banner that said “(Russian President Vladimir) Putin is a killer, his soldiers are fascists. 352 children have been killed (in Ukraine). How many more children should die for you to stop?”

If tried and convicted, Ovsyannikova faces up to 10 years in prison under a new law that penalizes statements against the military and that was enacted shortly after Russian troops moved into Ukraine, her lawyer, Dmitry Zakhvatov, said in a Telegram post.

Source: Associated Press

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