The Russian journalist arrested for protesting against the war live once again left a strong message despite police censorship

Marina Ovsyannikova, the journalist who protested Russia’s war in Ukraine during a prime-time news show last March, held up a banner reading “May dead children haunt you in your dreams.” before a court hearing.

The journalist has been accused of “discredit” the Russian army.

A Moscow court on Thursday ordered Ovsyannikova under house arrest.

“The court satisfied the request of the prosecution to decree house arrest as a precautionary measure for Marina Ovsyánnikova”the press service of the Basmanni court said in a statement quoted by the Interfax agency.

The 44-year-old journalist must remain under house arrest until at least October 9.

Ovsyánnikova was arrested the day before and her home was searched within the framework of a judicial process on “false” information about the actions of the Russian Army in Ukraine.

The journalist, who could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, interrupted the live broadcast of the nightly news (Vremia) on March 14, making proclamations and brandishing a poster against the Russian military offensive in the neighboring country.

On that occasion, Ovsyánnikova was already fined 30,000 rubles ($500), in addition to losing her job. Subsequently, the journalist received two other fines.

In one of the court hearings, Ovsyánnikova described the accusations against her as “fabricated”.

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Marina Ovsyannikova attends a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, on July 28, 2022. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/File (EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA/)

There was no official statement, but The arrest came days after Ovsiannikova demonstrated alone in front of the Kremlin with a banner evoking the death of Ukrainian children during the military intervention in Ukraine and calling President Vladimir Putin a “murderer”.

This demonstration can be punished by a law against the publication of “false information” and “insults” to the army, charges that can carry sentences of 15 years in prison.

(With information from EFE)


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