A Russian journalist who interrupted a live news broadcast to protest the invasion of Ukraine on the most popular television channel in the country has disappeared during the night.
The whereabouts of Marina Ovsyannikova after what burst onto the set of channel one of live Russian state television.
When news anchor Yekaterina Andreyeva released a story about relations with Belarus, Ovsyannikova, wearing a dark formal suit, suddenly appeared, holding a handwritten sign that read “Not to the war” in English.
Below, the sign read in Russian: “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They are lying to you here.” It was signed in English: “Russians against the war.”
The protester managed to say a few phrases in Russian, including “Stop the war!”while Andreyeva, who has been presenting the news since 1998, tried to drown her out by speaking louder.
Then, the channel quickly switched to footage of a hospital.
The incident was a highly unusual security breach at the state broadcaster channel onestrictly controlled. Its flagship 9:00 p.m. news show, called “Time,” has been broadcast since the Soviet era and is watched by millions across the country.particularly by older Russians.
Ovsyannikova is being assisted by Pavel Chikova human rights lawyer, who posted on Twitter that he was looking for his client.
“Marina Ovsyannikova has not yet been found. She has been incarcerated for more than 12 hours“, said.
Марину Овсянникову пока найти не удалось. Она лишена свободы уже более 12 часов
— Pavel Chikov (@pchikov) March 15, 2022
“Pre-investigation checking does not provide grounds for arrest and imprisonment.”
Attack from the Kremlin
The Kremlin described Ovsyannikova’s protest as “hooliganism” on Tuesday morning.
“As far as this woman is concerned, this is vandalism”Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, praising channel one for what he called its quality programming, objective and timely.
For his part, the Ukrainian president Volodymir Zelensky celebrated Ovsyannikova’s gesture during her late-night speech.
“I am grateful to the Russians who do not stop trying to convey the truth. To those who are fighting disinformation and telling the truth, the real facts to their friends and loved ones,” Zelensky said.
“And personally to the woman who entered the Canal Uno studio with a poster against the war.”
Kira Yarmyshthe spokeswoman for the imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalnywrote on Twitter: “Wow, that girl is great.”
He posted a video of the incident, which garnered more than 7.5 million views. the hashtag #WhereIsMarinaOvsyannikova is trending on Twitter.
Russians who describe the invasion as a war or spread what the Kremlin has described as “false” information They face up to 15 years in prison.
According to experts, Ovsyannikova could face charges under the law and between three and 15 years in prison.
Numerous media outlets were shut down after negatively covering the war and many journalists were forced to flee the country.
State television is the main source of news for millions in Russia and follows the Kremlin line that the country was forced to act in Ukraine.
OVD-Info, a group that monitors arrests at opposition protests, identified the woman as Marina Ovsyannikova and said he works at channel one as an editor and now she was in a police station.
“Zombified Russian people”
OVD-Info published a video where Ovsyannikova says that his father is Ukrainian and his mother is Russian and he does not see the countries as enemies.
“Unfortunately, in recent years I worked on Channel One, doing propaganda for the Kremlin and now I am very ashamed of this”said.
“I am ashamed that I allowed lies to be told from the television screen. I am ashamed that I allowed the Russians to be zombified,” she added.
“We were silent in 2014 when all this was just beginninghe said, apparently referring to Moscow’s takeover of Crimea and support for Ukraine’s pro-Russian separatists.
“We did not go to the protests when the Kremlin poisoned (Alexei) Navalny. We just silently watch this anti-human regime. And now the whole world has turned away from us.”
Russia has blocked or limited the popular social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, all of which were widely used to make political statements.
A video clip of the incident quickly spread on social media.and many users paid tribute to the woman’s “extraordinary courage” in a context of strong repression against the opposition.
Since the beginning of the intervention in Ukraine on February 24, thousands of protesters have been arrested in Russia.
Leonid Volkov, close to Navalny, the opposition leader jailed since last year after surviving poisoning, tweeted that his movement “is ready to pay any fine” imposed on Ovsyannikova.
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