Friday, June 22, 2018

Yekaterinburg court hands head Panova suspended two-year prison sentence

On Thursday, the Leninsky District Court of Yekaterinburg handed down a two-year suspended prison sentence with a three-year probation period to former chief editor Aksana Panova.

Panova was charged with abusing her position as editor-in-chief to allegedly embezzle approximately $367,000 from into her personal bank account. She was further charged with major extortion after allegedly blackmailing members of the Yekaterinburg Duma, Russia Beyond the Headlines reports.

Following her sentencing, Panova told the press that she is innocent of all charges and plans to appeal the court's ruling.

Aside from her suspended sentencing and probation period totaling five years, Panova has been banned from working in the media for two years and ordered to pay a fine of $30,000, according to Russia Beyond the Headlines.