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Russian court fines journalist €250 for protesting war on live TV after Kremlin accuses act of ‘thugs’

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A Russian court fined a journalist 30,000 rubles (€250) after she interrupted a live broadcast on state television to protest the invasion of Ukraine.

arina Ovsyannikova holds up a handmade banner behind Yekaterina Andreyeva, presenter of Channel One, who is reading the news on Monday night.

Posted by: “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. Here they are lying to you. ”

Ovsyannikova, an editor for the Kremlin-controlled channel, also chanted slogans condemning Vladimir Putin’s war.

Russia’s state news agency RIA reported that shortly before she was fined, a court convicted her of violating protest laws.

After the hearing, Ovsyannikova told reporters that she was exhausted, had been interrogated for more than 14 hours, was not allowed to speak to relatives and was not given legal aid. She said she needed to rest before commenting further.

Her objections have raised concerns among supporters that she could be prosecuted under the new law with prison sentences of up to 15 years.

The law, passed eight days after the invasion of Ukraine, makes public actions aimed at discrediting the Russian military illegal and prohibits the spread of fake news or the “public dissemination of intentional disinformation.” ” on the use of Russian armed forces.

Officials in Moscow describe Russia’s attack in Ukraine as a special military operation aimed at disarming the country and preventing “genocide” against Russian-speaking people, a justification denied by Ukraine. and the West rejects as a false excuse for an invasion of a democratic country.

In a video recorded before his rally, Ovsyannikova pointed to Putin by name and said: “Our next 10 generations of children and grandchildren will not be able to wash away the shame of the fratricidal war. this”.

UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani praised “this very courageous journalist”.

“We expect the authorities to ensure that she does not face any retaliation for exercising her right to free speech,” she told a news conference in Geneva.

Nearly 15,000 people have been detained across Russia during anti-war protests since February 24, according to a tally maintained by OVD-Info, an independent protest monitoring group.

Shamdasani said it is unclear how many of these people are still in custody. “Unfortunately, we don’t have access to the detainees,” she said.

Before Monday’s incident, Ovsyannikova filmed a video in which she called Russia’s actions in Ukraine a “crime” and said: “I’m ashamed for allowing myself to lie on a television screen .

“It’s a shame that I allowed the Russians to be turned into zombies. We can only silently observe this inhumane regime.”

Ms Ovsyannikova, who said her father is Ukrainian, added: “Don’t be afraid of anything, they can’t imprison us all.”

Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported that the Ostankinskiy District Court began the hearing earlier today and charged Ms. Ovsyannikova with administrative charges.

Human rights lawyer Anton Gashinsky previously defended the girlfriend of Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich – the couple were arrested after a plane they were traveling on was diverted to Minsk.

French President Emmanuel Macron said today that the country will offer protection and asylum to Ms. Ovsyvannikova. Mr. Macron said he would “propose this solution directly and very specifically” to Russian President Vladimir Putin in the next phone call.

He also condemned any detention of journalists and hoped that the editor’s situation would be clarified “as soon as possible”.

(reported by Reuters)

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/russian-court-fines-journalist-250-for-anti-war-protest-on-live-tv-after-kremlin-denounces-act-as-hooliganism-41450153.html Russian court fines journalist €250 for protesting war on live TV after Kremlin accuses act of ‘thugs’

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