Russian Journalist Hospitalized in Suspected Poisoning in Paris

Russian Journalist Hospitalized in Suspected Poisoning in Paris

French prosecutors are investigating a suspected poisoning of Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who fled Russia after denouncing the war in Ukraine on live TV. Ovsyannikova called emergency services and was hospitalized after suddenly falling ill as she left her Paris apartment, stating that she suspected she was poisoned. The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed that an investigation is underway, with police examining her apartment.

Ovsyannikova, who previously worked at Russian state television Channel One, gained international attention in March 2022 when she appeared on air with a sign denouncing the war in Ukraine. She was subsequently charged with disparaging the Russian military and fined. In July 2022, she staged a protest near the Kremlin, leading to her detention and placement under house arrest. She later escaped to France with her daughter.

Earlier this month, a Moscow court sentenced Ovsyannikova to 8 1/2 years in prison in absentia for spreading false information about the Russian army. This incident is part of a broader crackdown on dissent in Russia since the invasion of Ukraine nearly 20 months ago.

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which assisted Ovsyannikova in escaping Russia and settling in France, stated that their team has been supporting her since she sought medical attention. However, RSF does not have further information about the circumstances surrounding the suspected poisoning.

The investigation into the suspected poisoning of Marina Ovsyannikova is ongoing, and further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.


Author: CrimeDoor

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