Russian authorities have raided the home of a former state television journalist who resigned after a televised broadcast against the war in Ukraine.
Marina Ovsyannikova received international attention in March storming into a Russian state television studioher employer at the time, to denounce the war in Ukraine.
She was holding a poster that read: “Stop the war, don’t believe the propaganda, they are lying to you here”.
At the time, she was the editor of Vremya’s nightly news program, but after quitting her job, Ms. Ovsyannikova became a bit of an activist, organizing anti-war pickets and speaking out against the conflict.Read:Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei blames US and Israel for street protests
She was fined for violating protest laws and later took to social media to condemn those responsible for the ongoing war. She was fined 30,000 rubles (about £223.40) at the time.
She later told Sky’s Moscow correspondent Diana Magnay that she does not regret her actions, despite… facing hostility from all sides – including her family.
Moscow has now launched a criminal case against her on charges of spreading false information about the Russian armed forces, her lawyer said on social media.
If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison.
Her lawyer Dmitry Zakhvatov told independent news site Meduza that the case is likely related to a protest Ms. Ovsyannikova staged last month, which carried a banner that read “(Russian President Vladimir) Putin is a murderer, his soldiers are fascists”.
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After the raid, Ms. Ovsyannikova is expected to be taken to the inquiry commission for questioning, he said on Telegram.
She has been fined two more times in recent weeks for discrediting the military in a critical Facebook post and comments she made at a court where opposition figure Ilya Yashin was held in custody pending trial, accused of spreading false information about the military.