A former Russian state television journalist who resigned her post after criticizing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on air was fined 50,000 rubles ($860) on Thursday for discrediting the armed forces.
Marina Ovsyannikova was charged under a law enacted after the February 24 invasionwhich penalizes statements against the armed forces. Violators of the law can be sentenced up to 15 years in prison.
The fine was imposed for his comments in court where prominent opposition figure Ilya Yashin was appearing on charges of disseminating false information about the armed forces. According to the news site jellyfishbased in Latvia and giving information about Russia, Ovsyannikova called the invasion of Ukraine “a horrible crime.”
Previously, the journalist was fined 30,000 rubles ($270) for displaying an anti-war poster during the nightly news program of the channel one March 14.
The sign said in Russian “stop the war, don’t believe the propaganda, they are lying to you”. In English it said “no to war” and “Russians against war”.
In Russia, the invasion has been presented as a “military operation to denazify” a part of Ukraine and protect the Russian-speaking population from “genocide.” Words like “war”, “Ukrainian army” or “invasion” cannot be used by the media under threat of web blocking and financial fine. What is happening very close, on neighboring soil, is very alien to Russian citizens.
Most of the media are controlled directly or indirectly by the state or by groups close to President Putin. The few independent media that remain find many limitations to their work and many of them are described as “foreign agents”.
Nevertheless, many Russian journalists have spoken out against the war; they have promoted manifestos of condemnation and have denounced the cultural, economic and social degradation that the conflict will mean for Russia.
one of them is Marina Ovsyannikovaeditor of channel onewho stormed Russia’s main live evening newscast in March with a banner that read: “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They are lying to you.” And singing: “Stop the war! Not to the war!”.
Before the episode, he recorded a video in which he tells the reason behind his protest, and apologizes for lying to Russian citizens.
“What is happening in Ukraine is a crime and Russia is the aggressor. Responsibility for this aggression rests with one man: Vladimir Putin. My father is Ukrainian, my mother is Russian, and they were never enemies. This necklace [muestra] Russia we must stop this fratricidal war”, he says in the 59-second video broadcast through social networks.
“Unfortunately, for the last few years I have been working for channel one. I have been doing Kremlin propaganda and I am very ashamed of it: i let people lie from tv screens and allowed the russian people to be zombified”, reveals the editor
(With information from AP)
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