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The prosecutor asked for 9.5 years in prison for the former Channel One journalist



The state prosecution requested for former Channel One journalist Marina Ovsyannikova a sentence of 9.5 years in prison in a general regime colony, reported at the Moscow prosecutor’s office.

Ovsyannikova is charged with clause “d”, part 2 of Art. 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (public dissemination of knowingly false information about the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation). In addition to the prison term, the prosecution asked the court to prohibit the journalist from administering Internet sites for five years.

As the prosecutor’s office explained, it was established that on July 15, 2022, Ovsyannikova published a video and photo on her channel in which she shows a poster with fakes about the actions of the Russian military during a special operation in Ukraine.

Ovsyannikova’s case was received by the Basmanny District Court on September 1. It is considered in its absence. In 2022, the journalist was put on the international wanted list, after which she was arrested in absentia.

Previously, Ovsyannikova had already been fined several times under the article on discrediting the Armed Forces – Art. 20.3.3. Part 1 of the Administrative Code). On March 14, 2022, a journalist ran out with an anti-war poster live on Channel One during the Vremya program. After this she was fired. The next day, the Ostankino District Court of Moscow fined her 30,000 rubles. under the article on holding a public event without filing a notice of its holding in the prescribed manner (Article 20.2. Part 2 of the Administrative Code).

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