MOSCOW: An exiled Russian reporter who protested Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine reside on state TV was handed over eight years jail in absentia on Wednesday (Oct 4) for spreading disinformation about Moscow’s military.
Marina Ovsyannikova, 45, held up a protest placard throughout a night information programme in March 2022, however was sentenced for a separate protest she made exterior the Kremlin 4 months later.
“The court docket sentenced Ovsyannikova to eight years and 6 months’ imprisonment, to be served in a common regime penal colony,” the Moscow prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.
It additionally mentioned she can be barred from operating social media accounts for 4 years.
Ovsyannikova was not current for the sentencing. She fled the nation final 12 months after escaping home arrest together with her then 11-year-old daughter.
In an announcement forward of the sentencing, she referred to as the fees towards her “absurd and politically motivated”.
“They determined to flog me for not being afraid and for calling issues by their names,” she mentioned.
“After all I don’t admit my guilt. And I don’t deny any of my phrases. I made a really arduous, however the one proper ethical alternative in my life, and I’ve already paid a excessive sufficient value for it,” she mentioned.
In accordance with her Instagram web page, Ovsyannikova lives in France.
Paris condemned the sentencing, with its Overseas Minister Catherine Colonna slamming “repression carried out by the Russian authorities towards voices crucial of energy”.
Ovsyannikova’s lawyer Dmitry Zakhvatov instructed AFP it was “meaningless” to participate within the trial however that she would nonetheless enchantment her sentence.
“There may be zero likelihood of succeeding. So far as we all know, there aren’t any acquittals in Russia, particularly when the case touches on politics,” he mentioned.
Since Russia launched full-scale hostilities towards Ukraine final 12 months, authorities have launched an unprecedented crackdown on dissent, detaining, jailing or fining hundreds who opposed the battle.