Anti-war Russian TV reporter fined again

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The Russian television journalist famous for interrupting a news broadcast with a protest against the invasion of Ukraine has been handed another fine by a Moscow court for defiling the reputation of the country's army.

The court sentenced Marina Ovsyannikova to a fine of 50,000 roubles ($A1178), the state-run Ria Novosti news agency reported.

In her defence, Ovsyannikova cited her right to freedom of expression.

The former employee of the Channel One Russia television broadcaster has been ordered to pay several fines for her protests against the invasion.

On this occasion, she was charged in connection with an anti-war protest linked to a court case brought against the opposition politician Ilya Yashin, a long-term critic of the Kremlin, who is currently in prison.

Ovsyannikova, who for years produced positive reports on President Vladimir Putin, had earlier posted photographs on social media standing with a placard near the Kremlin reading "Putin is a murderer" and "His soldiers are fascists".

Ovsyannikova came to international fame in March, when she held up a placard on state television reading: "Stop the war. Don't believe the propaganda. Here you are being lied to."

She later reported for the German newspaper Welt but has since returned to Russia.

There are extensive restrictions on reporting about Russia's war, launched in February, which in the country may only be referred to as a "special operation".

Further regulations prevent people from bringing the country's armed forces into disrepute.

The strict rules, imposed shortly after the war began, have been accompanied by a crackdown on independent media that has forced many critical outlets to cease their coverage or close down altogether.

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