After an anti-war protest on state television in Russia: Trace of heroic journalist disappeared

In the middle of the news program of the first channel of Russian state television, Marina Ovsyannikova barged in Monday evening with a protest banner chanting several times, “No to war, no to war, no to war!” Her poster read: “Don’t believe the propaganda. You are being lied to here.” And in English: “No war! Russians against war!”

Ovsyannikova is in custody

She is now reportedly in police custody – somewhere in Russia! Her lawyers have not been able to see her – for over 12 hours neither they nor journalists have heard from her. No one knows where the woman currently resides.

Russia has recently drastically increased penalties for demonstrations and the use of the banned words “war” and “invasion” – Putin is trying with all his might to sweep the truth under the rug and suppress freedom of speech and press.

Anyone who allegedly spreads “false information” about the military faces up to 15 years in prison. What is false is, of course, decided by the Kremlin.

Legal basis: article 20.3.3 of the Administrative Code, “public actions aimed at discrediting the use of the armed forces.”

“They can’t put us all in jail”

In a pre-recorded video, Ovsyannikova stated: “What is happening in Ukraine is a crime, and Russia is the aggressor. The responsibility for this aggression lies with one man: Vladimir Putin. My father is Ukrainian, my mother is Russian, and they were never enemies.”

She points to her necklace in the colors of both countries – Russia and Ukraine. For her, the point is clear: “Russia must end this fratricidal war.”

Ovsyannikova continues in the video: “Unfortunately, for the last few years I worked for the First Channel. I was doing Kremlin propaganda and I am very ashamed of that – that I allowed the people on the TV screens to lie and allowed the Russian people to be zombified.

We didn’t say anything in 2014 when it was just beginning. We didn’t protest when the Kremlin poisoned Navalny. We watched this inhumane regime in silence. Now the whole world has turned its back on us, and ten generations of our descendants will not be able to wash away this fratricidal war.”

Finally, Ovsyannikova addressed all Russians directly: “Only we, thinking and intelligent Russians, have the strength to stop this madness. Go to the protests, don’t be afraid!” Because “they can’t put us all in jail.”

Some 14,900 people have been arrested in Russia since the war began for protesting against the war in Ukraine, according to civil rights organization OWD-Info.


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