Former Russian State TV Journalist Gets 81/2-Year Sentence in Absentia for Ukraine War Criticism

From an AP story headlined “Former Russian state TV journalist gets 81/2-year sentence in absentia for Ukraine war criticism”:

A Moscow court on Wednesday sentenced a former state TV journalist to 81/2 years in prison in absentia for protesting Russia’s war in Ukraine, the latest in a crackdown on dissent that has intensified since the invasion began nearly 20 months ago.

Marina Ovsyannikova was charged with spreading false information about the Russian army, a criminal offense under a law adopted shortly after President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine.