Former Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova was fined 50,000 rubles (A$1,152) on Thursday after being found guilty of discrediting the country’s armed forces in social media posts condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
The decision was made after a short hearing in the Moscow Administrative Court. Ms Ovsyannikova dismissed the lawsuit against her as “absurd”.
“Evidence confirms Ovsyannikova’s guilt. There is no reason to doubt their authenticity,” the judge said.
Ms. Ovsyannikova attracted international attention in March , her then employer, to denounce the war in Ukraine during a live newscast. She was fined 30,000 rubles (A$691) at the time for violating protest laws.
Thursday’s hearing focused on subsequent social media posts in which she wrote that those responsible for Russia’s actions in Ukraine would end up in the dock before an international tribunal.
Russia passed a law against “discrediting” the armed forces with a sentence of up to 15 years in early March, shortly after President Vladimir Putin launched what he calls his “special military operation” against Ukraine.
In court, Ms. Ovsyannikova repeated her protest and stated that she would not go back on her words. She said that she did not understand why she was here and why she was being tried.
“What is happening here is absurd,” she said. “War is horror, blood and shame.”
She continued, “Your accusations are like accusing me of spreading monkeypox,” she said. “The purpose of the trial is to intimidate everyone who opposes the war in the Russian Federation.”
She called Russia an aggressor country, saying: “The start of this war is the biggest crime of our government.”
Ms. Ovsyannikova’s lawyer said she had a right to speak under Article 29 of the Russian constitution, which protects the right to freedom of speech, but the judge rejected the lawyer’s arguments.