Russia: TV journalist fined for discrediting Russian army over Ukraine invasion

A Moscow court ordered journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who denounced Russia’s intervention in Ukraine during a live TV broadcast, to pay a fine for discrediting the Russian army.

Moscow’s Meshchansky district court said on Thursday that Ovsyannikova, a former editor at state-controlled Channel One, should pay a fine of 50,000 roubles.

“The evidence confirms Ovsyannikova’s guilt. There is no reason to doubt its authenticity,” the judge said.

Ovsyannikova rejected the proceedings against her as “absurd”.

Thursday’s hearing was over social media posts in which she wrote that those responsible for Russia’s actions in Ukraine would find themselves in the dock before an international tribunal.

Her lawyer, Dmitry Zakhvatov, said she was fined for speaking out against Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine earlier this month when she turned up at Moscow’s Basmanny district court to support city councillor Ilya Yashin.

In mid-July, Yashin, one of the last prominent opposition figures still in Russia, was placed in pre-trial detention for two months for having denounced Moscow’s Ukraine offensive.