With a protest sign and loud shouts, an opponent of the war on Russian state television caused the main news of the night to be interrupted. During the live broadcast on Monday at 21:00 Moscow time (19:00 CET), the woman suddenly jumped into the frame with a sign that read “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re going to lie to you here.”
She cried out loud several times: “No war, no war, no war!” Then the transmission stopped and images of a hospital were shown.
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The excerpt from the video spread immediately on social networks. Above all, the Russian opponents praised the woman for her bravery. “What courage really means,” pianist Igor Levit wrote on Twitter.
In Russia, the media is prohibited from calling the Russian invasion of Ukraine a “war” or an “invasion.” Instead, there is official talk of a “special military operation.”
According to Russian media, the woman is Russian journalist and state television employee Marina Ovsyannikova, who previously announced her protest action on social media.
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A video circulates in which it is said that Ovsyannikova gave as a reason, among other things, that her father is Ukrainian and that the war against the neighboring country is a “crime” for which the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, is responsible.
In the announcement, she also told the Russian opposition outlet Meduza that she was ashamed to have worked for the station for the past four years.
“I’m ashamed that I allowed lies to run across the screen. Go protest. Don’t be afraid of anything. You can’t lock us all up,” the platform quoted her as saying in the video.
It is said that she was arrested afterwards. In a statement, the first Russian TV channel only spoke of an “incident” during the “Vremya” program and announced an internal review. (with dop)