MOSCOW, August 11 (RAPSI) — Moscow's Basmanny District Court placed former Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova under house arrest in a criminal case where she is charged with spreading fake information about the country's armed forces, the press service of the court told RAPSI.
The court granted a move of the Investigative Committee to place Ovsyannikova under house arrest until October 9.
Ovsyannikova was accused of publicly disseminating false information about the operation of the Russian Armed Forces based on political, ideological, racial, national or religious hatred or enmity, or on the basis of hatred or enmity against any social group, as defined by the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
She faces up to 10 years in prison, according to her lawyer Dmitry Zakhvatov.
This summer, Moscow courts fined Ovsyannikova twice in the framework of administrative proceedings for discrediting the country’s armed forces.
Also, this March, the Moscow Ostankinsky District Court found Ovsyannikova guilty of committing an administrative offense, that is a violation of the established procedure for organizing or holding a meeting, rally, demonstration, procession or picketing, and imposed an administrative fine on the ex-editor in the amount of 30,000 rubles ($500).
The fine was imposed after Ovsyannikova had demonstrated a poster against the special operation in Ukraine in the course of a live broadcast of the Vremya program on Channel One.