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 picture and held up a banner that read: “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They are lying 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.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyj also expressed his thanks. He thanks those Russians “who keep telling the truth,” Zelensky said. referring to anti-war protests in Russia and citing protesters on state television as an example.
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.” There are heavy penalties for alleged misinformation about the Russian armed forces, up to 15 years in prison.
According to Russian media and journalist reports, the woman’s name is Marina Ovsyannikova and she is an employee of the state broadcaster. A previously recorded video circulated online. “I am ashamed that I have allowed lies to run across the screen. Go protest. Don’t be afraid of anything. They can’t lock us all up,” he said.
“What is happening in Ukraine is a crime,” he said. Only Russian President Vladimir Putin is responsible for the aggression. He called on his compatriots to protest against the war. “It’s up to us to end all this madness.”
The woman is said to have been arrested after her protest. In a statement, the first Russian TV channel only spoke of an “incident” during the “Vremya” program and announced an internal review.
Lawyers from the civil rights organization IWD-Info were unable to contact the woman more than ten hours after the protest, Alexei Venediktow, the former editor-in-chief of the closed radio station Echo Moskwy, wrote on Twitter.
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The camp of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny wants to support the woman. They want to take over the sanctions that could be imposed on them, Maria Pewtschich of Navalny’s FBK organization wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. (with dpa)