RusNews journalist Maria Ponomarenko, who was sentenced to six years in prison in the case of “fakes” about the Russian army, was placed in a psychiatric hospital for several days, OVD-Info reports, citing lawyer Dmitry Shitov.
This happened on March 17 after a search in SIZO-2 in Biysk. Some of the food was confiscated from the girl and forced to undress. According to the lawyer, she refused, at that moment she had a seizure, and she began to “destroy everything around.” The SIZO staff called a psychiatric team and took her to a psychiatric hospital.
RusNews published Ponomarenko’s letter. It says that the paramedics who arrived beat her. “Nerves lost, she began to cry, hysteria began. She didn’t rush at anyone. They called a brigade of “crazy people.” Without talking (sitting in the corner), they threw her on the search table, wrapped her hands and tied her up so that her ears rang. They beat her while dragging her out ( dragged – they didn’t lead, but just like that) to the ambulance, they beat me on the back, chest, stomach, head, threw me on the steps. In the ambulance they threw me on the floor, and part of the body fell on the bench, crushed from above. I screamed, I’m claustrophobic. up to the stars in the eyes, they beat me in the ambulance too. The blows came stealthily, unexpectedly,” her letter says.
According to her, she spent three days in the hospital without injections. “On the first day, for not finishing the cocoa on time, the orderly Maxim hit me on the cheeks, in the stomach and chest,” the journalist claims. power”.
In February 2023, a court in Barnaul sentenced Maria Ponomarenko to six years in prison in the case of “fakes” about the army motivated by political hatred (Part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code) and banned her from journalism for five years. The reason for the case was a repost in the telegram channel of a publication about the shelling of the drama theater in Mariupol with accusations against Russian troops. The original post appeared in an anonymous channel with a thousand subscribers and was later deleted.
She was detained in March 2022 when she arrived in St. Petersburg to cover the protest activity. The court subsequently sent her to a pre-trial detention center, and in November released her under house arrest, imposing strict restrictions on her.
On January 9, 2023, Ponomarenko asked the court to return her to the pre-trial detention center in protest against the mobilization, but the court refused her. At the end of January, the court sent her to a pre-trial detention center after she left home for the police. The reason for the violation of the conditions of house arrest, as reported, was the unfavorable situation in the house.
According to RusNews, Ponomarenko has been diagnosed with hysterical personality disorder. Lawyer Shitov said that she needed psychotherapeutic help, which could not be provided in a pre-trial detention center.
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