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Russian journalist who protested against war placed under house arrest

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A Moscow court has ordered Russian journalist Marina Ovsianikova to be placed under house arrest until October 9, for her criticism of the Russia-Ukraine war.

Russian news agencies quoted the decision issued Thursday by a Moscow court, and the decision comes within the framework of a criminal case against Ovsyanikova, 44, accused of spreading false information about the Russian armed forces. The journalist faces a prison sentence of five to 10 years, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency. She was arrested last Wednesday. Ovsyanikova worked for Russia’s state television channel One, and was considered pro-Kremlin until she raised an anti-war slogan in front of the camera in a newscast last March.

She spent several months abroad, and later worked for the German newspaper Die Welt. It is noteworthy that in mid-July, she again protested against the war near the Kremlin.