Russian authorities open criminal case against RusNews journalist

Russian authorities have opened three criminal investigations into the work of Roman Ivanov, a RusNews reporter from the Moscow region, RusNews reported Tuesday, citing a criminal investigator.

The criminal investigations are said to be linked to messages written by Ivanov on his Telegram channel, which has some 1,600 subscribers.

Police began searching Ivanov’s apartment around 6 a.m. Moscow time on Tuesday.

Ivanov could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to the outlet.

In February, a Russian court sentenced another RusNews journalist, Maria Ponomarenko, to six years in prison for spreading so-called “fake news” about the war in Ukraine.

Ponomarenko was arrested last April for publishing information about the Russian bombing of the Mariupol Drama Theater in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. The Kremlin denies responsibility for the airstrike, which reportedly killed hundreds of civilians.

Shortly after the start of the war against Kiev, Russia introduced a law banning the sharing of information that does not follow the Kremlin’s narrative about its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

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