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The Basmanny court sentenced Marina Ovsyannikova: 8.5 years in prison in absentia for lying about the army

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Yesterday, the prosecutor’s office demanded that the former editor of Channel One, Marina Ovsyannikova, be given 9.5 years in prison, and also be deprived of the right to administer websites on the Internet for five years.

Previously, Ovsyannikov was fined three times under administrative charges. The very first fine – 30 thousand rubles – was imposed for that very appearance on air with the poster “They are lying to you here” in March last year. Ovsyannikova was fined for the second time in July – she then criticized the criminal case against Ilya Yashin and received a fine of 50 thousand rubles for discrediting. In August 2022, a third fine appeared for a post on Facebook* – 40 thousand rubles, also for discrediting.

The last case has already become criminal. Ovsyannikova was accused of lying about the army under Part 2 of Art. 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The reason was a picket against the Northern Military District on Sofiyskaya Embankment, held in July 2022.

This morning the Basmanny Court issued a verdict in this case – Ovsyannikova was given 8 years and 6 months in prison. Also, according to the court decision, she is not allowed to administer websites for four years.

Marina Ovsyannikova herself is not in Russia now, so the court passed the verdict in absentia. The former editor of Channel One left the country with her daughter, escaping from house arrest.

Alexey Nikolsky/RIA Novosti

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*Belongs to the Meta company, recognized as extremist and banned in the Russian Federation.

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