Marina Ovsanikova interrupts Russian show
Marina Ovsanikova thanks Volodymyr Zelensky for the TV protest. A news editor on a Russian TV station has thanked Ukraine’s president for blocking a live broadcast of anti-war protests.
Laws of dissent come between independent journalism and the official crackdown on anti-war protests.An anti-war protester intercepted a live evening news program on Russian state television, holding a sign behind the studio presenter saying “no war. Stop the war” and “don’t believe the propaganda”.
The dissent in Channel One’s studio on Monday, the 19th day of Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s war in Ukraine, has been described by human rights groups in Russia as a “nationwide crackdown on independent journalism, anti-war protests and voices of dissent.” .
The sign, held by a female protester, read in English and Russian: “There is no war. Stop fighting. Do not believe in propaganda. They are lying to you here. ”
Another phrase, which sounds like “Russians against war”, was partially obscure. He was heard shouting “Stop fighting. No to war”, the news anchor read from his teleprompter. After a few seconds, the channel changes to a different report to remove the defendant from the screen.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the woman in a video address that night:
“I am grateful to the Russians who have not stopped trying to tell the truth. Those who fight against misinformation and tell the truth, the real information to their friends and loved ones, “said Zelensky. “And personally to the woman who entered the Channel One studio with a poster against the war.”
Kira Yarmish, a spokeswoman for jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, wrote on Twitter: “Wow, the girl is great.”
He posted a video of the event, which quickly gained more than 2.6 million views.
State television is the main source of news for many Russians, and closely follows the Kremlin line that Russia was forced to act in Ukraine to demilitarise and “denazify” the country, and to defend Russian-speakers there against “genocide”.
Ukraine and most countries in the world have condemned it as a false excuse to attack a democratic and sovereign nation. The woman was named Marina Ovsanikova, an employee of the channel, by OVD-Info, an independent protest-watchdog group and head of the Agora human rights group.
Agora chief Pavel Chikov said Ovsannikova had been arrested and taken to Moscow police station. Tas News Agency quoted a law enforcement agency as saying he could face charges under a law against disrespecting the armed forces.
The law, passed on March 4, outlaws public activities aimed at disarming the Russian military and prohibits “fake” news or “deliberately disseminating false information about the use of the armed forces of the Russian Federation.”
This offense can result in up to 15 years in prison.
In a video recorded before the incident and posted online, a woman named Ovsanikova described herself as a Channel One worker and said she was ashamed to work year after year to spread the Kremlin’s propaganda. He said his father was Ukrainian and his mother Russian.
“What is happening now in Ukraine is a crime, and Russia is an aggressive country. The responsibility for this aggression rests solely on the conscience of one man, and that man is Vladimir Putin, “he said.
“Now the whole world has turned its back on us and the next 10 generations of our descendants will not wash away the shame of this fratricidal war,” he said.
He called on the Russians to go out and protest.
Authorities opposed the protest with all available police forces, special services and the army. ” According to OVD-Info, which monitors the protests and provides legal assistance to detainees, 14,911 people have been arrested.
According to Max Sedon, head of the FT Moscow bureau, Ovsanikova’s whereabouts were unknown at the time of her arrest on Tuesday morning.
Russian state TV regularly broadcasts official lines saying that troops had entered Ukraine to protect people from “neo-Nazis” and to protect Russians from a country that was ready to invade. The Ukrainian aggression is being described as a “special military operation” in Russia.
An independent human rights group that monitors political arrests has identified Ovsanikova. The group, OVD-Info, posted on its website that he had been taken into police custody.
Ovsyannikova also spoke out against the war in a video on OVD-Info’s website.