Former employee of the Russian Channel One Marina Ovsyannikova denied information about her alleged poisoning. In her Telegram channel, she reported that she actually ended up in a hospital in Paris after she became ill on the street. But tests found no toxic substances in her blood.
“There was no “white powder,” as reported by an unknown source, and then by many respected publications, on the door handle,” Ovsyannikova emphasized.
She also said that the Parisian police decided to conduct an investigation into suspected poisoning, given that she is an opponent of the Kremlin. “This is not surprising, since Putin’s Russia has long been associated with war and the poisoning of politicians and journalists,” the former editor wrote.
On October 12, French media reported that Ovsyannikova was hospitalized and that her poor health could be caused by the poison.
In early October, a court in Moscow sentenced Ovsyannikova in absentia to 8.5 years in prison under the article on “fakes about the Russian army.” The reason for this was her picket against the backdrop of the Kremlin in July 2022. Then Ovsyannikova unfurled a poster with the inscription “Putin is a murderer, his soldiers are fascists” and photographs of children killed in Ukraine. In March 2022, as an employee of Channel One, Ovsyannikova with a poster “Stop the war! Don’t believe the propaganda, they are lying to you here” ran live on the news program “Vremya”. On the same day, she recorded a video message in which she called for people to go to rallies. For this, Ovsyannikova was found guilty of “organizing a public event without filing a notification” and was fined 30 thousand rubles. After that, she quit and left Russia.