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Russian journalist fined for calling Ukraine conflict ‘war’ during interview

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his address to the nation at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 21, 2022. (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Russian journalist Yulia Starostina, who worked as a volunteer to help Ukrainian refugees, was fined 50,000 rubles ($660) on February 28 for “discrediting” Russia’s armed forces during Moscow’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. A Moscow court concluded that Starostina was guilty because she described the invasion as a war in an interview with Dozhd TV in December. The Kremlin refers to it as “a special military operation,” and have made it illegal to call it otherwise.