Russian court fines war critic who asked for prison instead


A Russian court has convicted a woman in Siberia for criticizing Russia's invasion of Ukraine on social media, her punishment was a hefty fine, despite her plea for a prison sentence instead. Marina novikova, a 65 year old lawyer, was found guilty of spreading false information about the Russian army, denouncing Russia's military was made a criminal offense after president Vladimir Putin sent troops into Ukraine more than 14 months ago. Novikov's posts on the messaging app telegram decried the invasion and criticized the Russian governments. The court in novikov's hometown of seversk imposed a fine of over $12,000, even though prosecutors and novikova herself begged the court to send her to prison instead. I'm Karen Chammas

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