A Russian journalist was convicted of disparaging the army Wednesday and acquired a six-year jail sentence, the newest punishment in a relentless crackdown on critics of Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.
The court docket within the metropolis of Barnaul in southern Siberia discovered Maria Ponomarenko responsible of “spreading false information about the Russian armed forces’ actions” with her posts on a messaging app. Ponomarenko, who worked for the RusNews portal, denied the charges.
Days after Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, the Kremlin-controlled parliament approved legislation that outlawed the spread of “false information” in regards to the nation’s army marketing campaign in Ukraine.
Russian authorities have used the legislation to stifle any criticism of what the Kremlin refers to as a “special military operation” in Ukraine. Some members of Russia’s beleaguered political opposition, activists, journalists and bloggers have been beforehand convicted and imprisoned below the legislation.
In December, distinguished opposition politician Ilya Yashin was sentenced to 8½ years in jail. Earlier final yr, Alexei Gorinov, a member of a Moscow municipal council, acquired a 7-year sentence for his important remarks in regards to the hostilities in Ukraine.
Another main opposition determine, Vladimir Kara-Murza, has been in custody awaiting trial on the identical cost.