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Marina Ovsyánnikova Russian journalist faces a fine of 50,000 rubles ($507)

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The Russian journalist Marina Ovsyánnikova, who recently interrupted the main newscast of the first public television network in Russia to protest live against the Russian military campaign in Ukraine, faces a fine of 50,000 rubles ($507) for discrediting the Armed Forces.

According to the official TASS agency, this was reported by the Moscow Ostankinski court, which received the accusatory protocol under the Code of Administrative Violations referring to public actions aimed at discrediting the Russian Armed Forces.

Ovsyánnikova, editor of Channel 1 of Russian television, interrupted on the 14th the live broadcast of the nightly news, shouting proclamations and brandishing a poster against the Russian military offensive in Ukraine, which the Kremlin calls a “special military operation”, after which was arrested.

The same Moscow court has already found the journalist guilty of organizing or holding a public event without notification and fined her 30,000 rubles ($277).

According to the case, this fine was imposed not because of his action on television, but because of a video call to participate in unauthorized protests against the military campaign, which she had already carried out before.

More than 15,000 people have been arrested in Russia since the crackdown began a month ago.

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