Russian journalist locked up in psychiatric hospital after posting ‘sane people are for peace’


Russian journalist is locked up in Siberian psychiatric hospital after posting ‘sane people are for peace in Ukraine’

  • Russian journalist Maria Ponomarenko who posted ‘sane people are for peace’ has been locked in a Siberian Soviet-era psychiatric hospital
  • She was initially held in detention after criticising Russia’s war in Ukraine
  • One of the woman’s daughters, aged 16, has been turned by the authorities into a prosecution witness in her case, reports said

Russian journalist Maria Ponomarenko, a 44-year-old mother of two accused of posting 'sane people are for peace' about Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, has been locked in a Siberian clinical psychiatric hospital

Russian journalist Maria Ponomarenko, a 44-year-old mother of two accused of posting ‘sane people are for peace’ about Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, has been locked in a Siberian clinical psychiatric hospital

A Russian journalist accused of posting ‘sane people are for peace’ about Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine has been locked in a Siberian clinical psychiatric hospital.

Maria Ponomarenko, a 44-year-old mother of two, claims the authorities are seeking to gag her because of her opposition to the war.

She is accused of spreading ‘fake’ news concerning Putin’s ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine.

One comment seen as against the law by prosecutors said: ‘It is impossible to remain silent, knowing about the death of thousands of innocent people.’

Her ‘fake’ Telegram posts also included critical comments about the Russian bombing of a drama theatre in Mariupol in April where hundreds of civilians were sheltering.

The Russian defence ministry denied its forces were behind the bombing, which it blamed on Ukrainian nationalists.

Because of her posts contradicting the official Russian narrative, she can face ten years in jail, or indefinite incarceration in a psychiatric facility.

She is accused of spreading 'fake news' by Vladimir Putin's regime, posting: 'It is impossible to remain silent, knowing about the death of thousands of innocent people'

She is accused of spreading ‘fake news’ by Vladimir Putin’s regime, posting: ‘It is impossible to remain silent, knowing about the death of thousands of innocent people’

Because of her views, she can face ten years in jail, or indefinite incarceration in a psychiatric facility. Reports say that one of the woman’s daughters, aged 16, has been turned by the authorities into a prosecution witness in her case

Because of her views, she can face ten years in jail, or indefinite incarceration in a psychiatric facility. Reports say that one of the woman’s daughters, aged 16, has been turned by the authorities into a prosecution witness in her case

She was initially held in detention under Russia’s draconian laws barring criticism of the army, but has now been locked in the Soviet-era psychiatric hospital for around one month where she will undergo 'evaluation'

She was initially held in detention under Russia’s draconian laws barring criticism of the army, but has now been locked in the Soviet-era psychiatric hospital for around one month where she will undergo ‘evaluation’ 

Leading Putin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky – once Russia’s richest man who was jailed for a decade for opposing the Kremlin leader – branded the case a return to Soviet methods with the state using ‘punitive psychiatry to silence political dissent’.

A video shows the grim psychiatric hospital where she is held.

Reports say that one of the woman’s daughters, aged 16, has been turned by the authorities into a prosecution witness in her case.

Ponomarenko, from Barnaul in Siberia, had been detained in St Petersburg in April.

She was initially held in detention under Russia’s draconian laws barring criticism of the army.

She was moved thousands of miles to Siberia, and has now been locked in the Soviet-era psychiatric hospital for around one month where she will undergo ‘evaluation’.

Friend Yana Drobnokhod said: ‘Letters and meetings with relatives are banned.

‘She is only allowed to see her lawyer.’

Her lawyer Sergei Podolsky said: ‘The investigators interrogated Maria’s underage daughters, and the testimony of one of them became evidence against her mother.’

Ponomarenko’s posts about the Mariupol theatre were on a Telegram channel called: ‘There is no Censorship’.

Her  Telegram posts included critical comments about the Russian bombing of a drama theatre in Mariupol in April where hundreds of civilians were sheltering

Her  Telegram posts included critical comments about the Russian bombing of a drama theatre in Mariupol in April where hundreds of civilians were sheltering

Yevhen Nalyvaiko holds the ring box after marrying Daria Ponomarenko in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Yevhen Nalyvaiko holds the ring box after marrying Daria Ponomarenko in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 15, 2022

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