A Russian court sentenced this Wednesday in absentia eight and a half years in prison to the journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who in March 2022 interrupted a live program to denounce the invasion of ukrainefor “spreading fake news” about the Russian Armed Forces.
The court has indicated that the journalist, who fled the country, must serve her sentence “in a general correctional colony”, while prohibiting her for four years from “participating in activities related to the administration of web pages of networks of information and telecommunications”.
Thus, it has stated that the journalist published in July 2022 videos and photographs that contained “false information” about the actions of the Russian military in the context of the invasion of Ukraine, unleashed in February 2022 by order of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, as reported by the Russian news agency TASS.
In October 2022, Russian authorities issued a search and arrest warrant against the journalist, who fled the country when she was under house arrest. Afterwards, she confirmed that she had escaped and maintained that she was “completely innocent”.
Ovsyannikova had previously been fined several times for her actions, allegedly contrary to the Russian military. The journalist, who worked for Channel 1, interrupted broadcasts on March 14, 2022 with a banner protesting against the invasiondespite the Kremlin’s ban on journalists from referring to what Russian authorities call a “special operation” as a “war.”