Russia: Journalist opposed to Ukraine offensive arrested | War in Ukraine

Russia: arrest of journalist opposed to Ukraine offensive | War in Ukraine

Marina Ovsiannikova answers questions in court in Moscow, August 8, 2022.

Russian journalist Marina Ovsiannikova, who became famous after interrupting a Russian state channel newspaper with a poster against the offensive in Ukraine, was arrested on Wednesday for “discrediting the army”, her lawyer said. /p>

We are currently with the investigators. An investigation has been opened against Ms Ovsiannikova for spreading false information about the Russian military, lawyer Dmitry Zakhvatov told AFP. She has been arrested, he said.

Investigators must now decide whether Marina Ovsiannikova, mother of two minor children, will be remanded in custody or remain at large in the prison. #x27;waiting for his trial, according to the same source.

Since the end of July, Ms Ovsiannikova has already been fined twice for discrediting the Russian military, including on the basis of posts criticizing the offensive in Ukraine published on social networks.

Two convictions less than six months apart pave the way for a criminal case, with potentially much heavier legal consequences.

Ms. Ovsiannikova shot to fame in mid-March after appearing in the news on the set of a pro-Kremlin TV channel she worked for. During her speech, she carried a sign denouncing the offensive in Ukraine and the propaganda of the media controlled by the power.

Choosing a prime time, the one who is presented as Marina Ovsiannikova expressed her message in front of millions of Russians.

Images of her gesture went around the world. Many people hailed her courage, in a context of repression of any critical voice in Russia.

However, she is not unanimous within the opposition Russian, some still reproaching him for his years spent working for the Pervy Kanal channel, the Kremlin's mouthpiece.

After having worked several months abroad, in particular for the German newspaper die Welt, she announced at the beginning of July that she had returned to Russia to settle a dispute relating to the custody of her two children.

Russia, which has already been engaged for many years in repressing voices critical of the Kremlin, has considerably toughened, since the assault on Ukraine, its criminal arsenal against those who denounce Russian power.

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