Russian Journalist Who Protested Ukraine War on TV Placed Under House Arrest

From a story on by Anna Chernova, Kara Fox, and Sugam Pokharel headlined “Russian journalist who protested Ukraine war live on TV placed under house arrest”:

A Moscow court has placed former Russian state TV editor Marina Ovsyannikova under house arrest for two months pending a trial related to her anti-war protest in July, the press service of the court said in a statement Thursday.

According to the statement, Ovsyannikova has been charged with spreading fake news about the Russian military and has been placed under house arrest until October 9.

The offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison by the Russian law.

Ovsyannikova, who previously worked as an editor for Russian state TV Channel One, took a dramatic stand against Russia’s war in Ukraine during a live broadcast in March when she broke into the studio and appeared behind a news anchor with a sign that said: “NO WAR.”

She previously told CNN she had already received three fines for a total sum of 120,000 rubles (about $1,970) for her anti-war statements, including for allegedly “discrediting” the army in her Facebook post she published on Russia Day.

During her hearing, Ovsyannikova held a sign saying, “May the dead children haunt you in your dreams,” in a protest against Russian military actions in Ukraine.

Videos on social media showed Ovsyannikova, a former Russian state TV editor, holding the hand-written sign in Russian from inside the glass cage of the courtroom. Security personnel put their hands on the glass trying to block the sign from being visible.

Ovsyannikova’s lawyer Dmitry Zakhvatov confirmed that she held up the protest sign on Thursday in the court.

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