A famous Russian journalist was sentenced to 8 years in prison for spreading fake news

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Famous Russian journalist Alexander Nevzorov has been sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison after a Moscow court found him guilty of spreading "fake news" about the Russian military, independent Russian media reported.Medusa".

Investigators opened a case against Nevzorov last year over social media posts in which he accused Russian armed forces of deliberately shelling a maternity hospital in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which Moscow said was fake news.

In a statement, the court stated that he will serve his sentence if he ever returns to Russia, and was also banned from managing internet content for four years.

Nevzorov, who runs a YouTube channel with nearly 2 million subscribers, called the investigation against him ridiculous and left the country with his wife last March.

Ukraine granted him citizenship in June after he publicly condemned the Russian invasion, calling the war a "crime" and Ukraine its victim.

Eight days after the invasion of Ukraine last February, Russia passed a law that provides for up to 15 years in prison for those convicted of deliberately spreading "fake" news about the Russian military.

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