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Russian TV Employee Who Protested Ukraine War on Air Fined $270

Russia has enforced strict laws that prohibits news services from even calling the conflict in Ukraine a war

The Russian journalist who held up an anti-war sign during a state-run news broadcast was fined 30,000 rubles, or around $270, by a Moscow court on Tuesday on charges of organizing unsanctioned actions.

Russia’s Investigative Committee is also probing whether Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor at the news broadcast service Channel One, might be charged with publicly spread false information, The Associated Press reported.

She could still be charged under the “fake news” law the Russian parliament passed after the invasion of Ukraine began, which can carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison, according to the AP.

The Channel One editor on Monday ran behind a news anchor during a live broadcast and held up a sign that read: “Stop the war. Don’t believe propaganda. They’re lying to you here.”

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