Russia: New fine for journalist opposed to Ukraine offensive | War in Ukraine

Russia: New fine for journalist opposed to Ukraine offensive | War in Ukraine

Marina Ovsiannikova was sentenced at the end of July to pay a fine for having discredited the Russian army.

Russian journalist Marina Ovsiannikova, famous for having interrupted the television news of a television channel. #x27;Russian state with a poster against the offensive in Ukraine, was sentenced to a new fine on Monday for denouncing the conflict.

Convicted by a Moscow administrative court of discrediting the Russian army, Ms. Ovsiannikova will have to pay a fine of 40,000 rubles (about $855), she said on her Telegram account.

Her lawyer, Dmitry Zakhvatov, said the journalist was convicted on the basis of a message she posted on Facebook.

She had already been sentenced at the end of July to pay a fine for the same reason. Two convictions less than six months apart pave the way for a criminal case, with potential much heavier legal consequences.

Ms. Ovsiannikova, who continues to strongly criticize the offensive in Ukraine despite legal threats, also shared the text of her defense, all in irony, which she read before the judge on Monday.

I admit that it was indeed […] America and Europe that led to the fact that in Russia there is no longer any freedom of speech. expression, independent tribunal or free elections. Or that people are imprisoned for calling for peace, she said in particular.

Ms. Ovsiannikova became famous in mid-March after appearing in the 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.

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 related to the custody of her two children.

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