Russian journalist questioned over ‘false’ Ukraine bombing report

Russian investigators said on Tuesday they had launched a criminal investigation against a popular journalist for allegedly that Moscow’s army deliberately bombed a maternity hospital in the besieged city of Mariupol in Ukraine.

Alexander Nevzorov is the first prominent journalist and political commentator to be questioned for spreading ‘false’ information about the Russian military under new legislation introduced after President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on 24 February.

The investigative committee’s announcement came on the 27th day of what Moscow calls its “special military operation” in pro-Western Ukraine, which has left thousands dead and displaced some 10 million people.

“Nevzorov published deliberately false information about the deliberate shelling by Russian armed forces of a maternity hospital in the city of Mariupol,” a statement read.

“The posts were accompanied by inaccurate photographs of civilians affected by shelling,” investigators said, adding that the photos were first published by Ukrainian media.

Investigators also said they were trying to establish Nevzorov’s whereabouts.

Nevzorov, 63, is a veteran Russian journalist and former MP.

It is believed that he resides outside of Russia.

Last week, investigators also opened a criminal investigation against Veronika Belotserkovskaya, a Russian blogger and publisher who lives in France, for spreading “false” reports that Russian armed forces were targeting Ukrainian civilians, including children.

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