TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who made worldwide information over a live-on-air anti-war protest in March, has been detained.
Russian authorities raided the house of a former state TV journalist and detained her as a part of a legal investigation for allegedly spreading false details about the Russian armed forces, her lawyer stated on social media.
Marina Ovsyannikova, 44, who give up her job on Russian tv in March after making an on-air protest in opposition to Moscow’s warfare in Ukraine, was detained on Wednesday, her lawyer Dmitry Zakhvatov stated.
“A legal case has been launched,” Zakhvatov stated, including that investigators would resolve on what pre-trial measures to impose on Ovsyannikova.
The case in opposition to the TV journalist was launched beneath a law that penalises statements important of the Russian navy and a conviction is punishable by as much as 15 years in jail.
In March, Ovsyannikova, then an editor at Russia’s Channel One tv, barged onto the set of its flagship Vremya (Time) night information programme, holding a poster that learn, “Cease the warfare, don’t consider the propaganda, they’re mendacity to you right here.”
She was later charged with disparaging the Russian navy and fined 30,000 rubles ($270 on the time). After quitting her job, Ovsyannikova grew to become considerably of an activist, staging anti-war pickets and talking out publicly in opposition to the battle.
‘What number of youngsters need to die earlier than you cease?’
Criticism of President Vladimir Putin’s determination to ship troops to invade Ukraine in February has been outlawed in Russia, and her on-air protest made headlines all over the world.
The arrest on Wednesday is probably going linked to a protest Ovsyannikova staged final month when she held a banner that stated, “Putin is a killer, his troopers are fascists,” her lawyer advised the impartial information website Meduza.
Writing on the Telegram messaging app earlier within the day, Ovsyannikova stated that 10 Russian legislation enforcement officers raided her house at 6:00am (03:00 GMT).
“They scared my younger daughter,” she stated.
Ovsyannikova additionally expressed hope that authorities wouldn’t place her in pre-trial detention as a result of she has two youngsters.
She additionally wrote on Telegram that greater than 350 youngsters had already died in Ukraine.
“What number of youngsters need to die earlier than you cease?” she added.
Ovsyannikova has been fined twice in latest weeks for disparaging the Russian navy in a important Fb submit and feedback she made at a court docket the place opposition determine Ilya Yashin was remanded into custody pending trial on spreading false details about the armed forces.
Provided asylum by France’s President Emmanuel Macron earlier this yr, Ovsyannikova refused and has chosen to stay in Russia.
“I don’t wish to go away our nation. I’m a patriot, my son is much more so. We don’t wish to go away in any means, we don’t wish to go anyplace,” she stated.
In accordance with Internet Freedoms, a authorized help group specializing in free speech circumstances, as of Wednesday, there have been 79 legal circumstances associated to costs of spreading false details about the Russian navy and as much as 4,000 administrative circumstances on costs of disparaging the armed forces.