A Russian former state TV journalist who in March interrupted a stay tv broadcast to denounce the army motion in Ukraine, has been charged with spreading false details about the Russian military, an offence punishable by as much as 10 years in jail.
The fees relate to a protest final month, when Marina Ovsyannikova held up a poster that learn “Putin is a assassin, his troopers are fascists” on the Moskva river embankment reverse the Kremlin. Three “blood-soaked” toy dolls have been laid on the bottom in entrance of her.
Ovsyannikova, who was born in Ukraine, got here to prominence in March when she barged on to the set of a stay night information broadcast on Russia’s flagship Channel One, holding a poster studying “No Struggle” in English.
She has since been arrested and fined a number of instances for her continued opposition to Russia’s army marketing campaign in Ukraine.
“A prison case has been launched,” mentioned her lawyer Dmitry Zakhvatov, including they have been ready for investigators to resolve on a pre-trial measure for the 44-year-old.
Ovsyannikova has been charged with spreading details about the Russian armed forces deemed false by the federal government and can spend the night time in pre-trial detention, mentioned Zakhvatov.
In an interview with AFP final week, Ovsyannikova had expressed hope that the authorities wouldn’t place her in pre-trial detention as a result of she has two youngsters.
Writing on messaging app Telegram earlier within the day, Ovsyannikova mentioned that 10 members of legislation enforcement had raided her house at 6am.
“They scared my younger daughter,” she added.
Criticism of Putin’s choice to ship troops to Ukraine has been just about outlawed in Russia, and her March protest made headlines world wide.
The French president Emmanuel Macron has provided Ovsyannikova, who labored for Russian state TV for 19 years, asylum or different types of consular safety.
Putin launched the assault on Ukraine after a historic crackdown on the opposition, with high Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in jail and his political organisations outlawed.
Authorities are actually looking for to snuff out the final vestiges of dissent, and practically all well-known activists are actually in jail or in a foreign country.
Earlier this yr distinguished Putin critics Ilya Yashin and Vladimir Kara-Murza have been put in pre-trial jail for denouncing Moscow’s Ukraine offensive.
The prison probe towards Ovsyannikova was launched after two Moscow courts ordered the journalist to pay fines for discrediting the Russian military on varied events.
Writing on Telegram on Wednesday, she mentioned that greater than 350 youngsters had already died in Ukraine.
“What number of youngsters need to die earlier than you cease?” she added.
Within the months following her TV protest, Ovsyannikova frolicked overseas, working for Germany’s Die Welt for 3 months.
In early July, she introduced that she was returning to Russia to settle a dispute over the custody of her two youngsters.
Since her return, Ovsyannikova got here out to help opposition politician Yashin in court docket and revealed anti-government posts on-line. She was briefly detained by police close to her house in mid-July.
Whereas many hailed Ovsyannikova, her TV protest in March has additionally drawn hostile reactions from many quarters.
Some members of the Russian opposition have blamed her for leaping ship in an opportunistic transfer and looking for fame.
Anti-Kremlin satirist and commentator Viktor Shenderovich mentioned on Wednesday he was incorrect about Ovsyannikova.
“I used to be sceptical about what Channel One editor Marina Ovsyannikova had completed – and it seems I used to be incorrect,” he wrote on Fb.
“Right this moment Marina pays a severe value for this, and deserves each respect and help.”
Ovsyannikova had informed AFP final week her destiny was “unenviable” however that she would proceed talking up.
“I don’t plan to cease, I’m not afraid regardless of the fixed intimidation from the authorities.”