A Moscow courtroom ordered Marina Ovsyannikova to pay a effective for discrediting the Russian military over its actions in Ukraine.
A Moscow courtroom ordered journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who denounced Russia’s intervention in Ukraine throughout a dwell TV broadcast, to pay a effective for discrediting the Russian military.
Moscow’s Meshchansky district courtroom mentioned on Thursday that Ovsyannikova, a former editor at state-controlled Channel One, ought to pay a effective of fifty,000 roubles ($806).
“The proof confirms Ovsyannikova’s guilt. There is no such thing as a purpose to doubt its authenticity,” the choose mentioned.
Ovsyannikova rejected the proceedings in opposition to her as “absurd”.
Thursday’s listening to was over social media posts during which she wrote that these liable for Russia’s actions in Ukraine would discover themselves within the dock earlier than a global tribunal.
Her lawyer, Dmitry Zakhvatov, mentioned she was fined for talking out in opposition to Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine earlier this month when she turned up at Moscow’s Basmanny district courtroom to assist metropolis councillor Ilya Yashin.
In mid-July, Yashin, one of many final distinguished opposition figures nonetheless in Russia, was positioned in pre-trial detention for 2 months for having denounced Moscow’s Ukraine offensive.
‘Warfare is horror’
Ovsyannikova, a 44-year-old mom of two, was briefly detained earlier this month.
Her detention got here a number of days after she demonstrated alone close to the Kremlin, holding up an indication criticising the army intervention in Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Zakhvatov mentioned the journalist was now in Russia and had no rapid plans to depart.
In March, Ovsyannikova shot to prominence for interrupting a dwell TV broadcast to denounce Russia’s army intervention in Ukraine, for which she was fined 30,000 roubles ($484).
After sending troops to Ukraine for what it calls a “particular army operation” in opposition to Ukraine, Moscow adopted legal guidelines imposing sentences of as much as 15 years in jail for spreading details about the army deemed false by the authorities.
In courtroom, Ovsyannikova repeated her protest and mentioned she wouldn’t retract her phrases. She mentioned she didn’t perceive why she was there and what she was being judged for.
“What’s happening right here is absurd,” she mentioned. “Warfare is horror, blood and disgrace.”
She went on: “Your accusations are like accusing me of spreading monkeypox,” she mentioned. “The aim of the trial is to intimidate all of the individuals who oppose the battle within the Russian Federation.”
She described Russia as an aggressor nation, saying: “The start of this battle is the most important crime of our authorities.”
A lawyer for Ovsyannikova mentioned she had the correct to talk out underneath Article 29 of the Russian structure, which protects the correct to freedom of expression, however the choose dismissed the lawyer’s arguments.
Russian authorities haven’t introduced the opening of any felony investigation in opposition to Ovsyannikova.
Within the months following her March protest, Ovsyannikova hung out overseas, working for Germany’s Die Welt.
In early July, she introduced that she was returning to Russia to settle a dispute over the custody of her two kids.