Marina Ovskannikova, Russian journalist with ‘NO WAR’ banner on television, surfaces in court

A Russian state television editor who burst onto the set with a ‘NO WAR’ banner during a live broadcast has been fined 30,000 rubles ($280) under the Russian law against “unauthorized” political demonstrations. After disappearing for nearly 24 hours following her protest, Marina Ovsyannikova surfaced in court on Tuesday to face the misdemeanor administrative charge. She could still face a more serious sentence as the Board of Inquiry has reportedly begun a pre-investigation review into the possibility of indicting Osvyannikova under the country’s new ‘fake news’ laws designed to end to any public criticism of the invasion of Ukraine, according to the TASS news agency. Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the State Duma, meanwhile publicly called on law enforcement to respond to Ovsyannikova’s actions “to the fullest extent possible”. He said lawmakers would take the issue under control. Under the country’s ‘fake’ news law, she faces up to 15 years in prison. Ovsyannikova, 44, was led away by police from the Channel One studio after she launched her protest on Monday evening news on state television. Asked about the case at a press briefing on Tuesday, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the protest as an act of “hooliganism”, adding: “The live broadcast of any channel of television is a particular dimension, where there is a particular responsibility, especially for those who work there.”

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