Marina Ovsyannikova’s Russian TV Poster Protest Was Not ‘Hooliganism,’ but Bravery

On March 14, President Vladimir Putin Banned InstagramThe app cannot be accessed in the country. Instead, the company is limiting the spread of information about the Russian invasion to Ukraine’s 80 million-plus users.

Marina Ovsyannikova was later that day an editor/producer at Russian state television’s flagship Channel One. She decided enough was enough. 

Ovsyannikova was raised by parents who are both Russian and Ukrainian. She said that she had grown tired of working for the “unjustified” pay.Kremlin propaganda.“So, during the live news evening program. The set was held by her.A poster saying, “Don’t believe the propaganda.” These people are lying. Her poster’s bottom read English: Russians against the War. The camera swung away as Ovsyannikova yelled the same words. A news anchor tried to shout at her, trying to drown out her. Moscow police quickly detained Ovsyannikova. 

Putin issued a law in early March to punish the “criminals”.Spreading fake news intentionally“An article about Russia’s military, 15-years in prison. This prohibits Russians You can use the wordsInvasionOr assaultThe conflict in Ukraine can be described. Ovsyannikova showed courage even though she was aware that she would likely face imprisonment for speaking so out against the Kremlin. 

Ovsyannikova pre-recordedA video, which was released after an on-air protest by the woman, was shown in which she expressed shame about her work. Channel One for permitting “the zombieization of the Russian people”.

She said, “We just sit silently and watch this anti-human regim.” The world is now turning away from us, and the next 10 generation won’t have the ability to get over the guilt of this brutal fratricidal conflict. Her video ended with her pleading to Russians for their support and participation in antiwar protests. She was charged with organizing an illegal demonstration and given a fine of 30,000 rubles ($280). Ovsyannikova pleaded not guilty and said that she was being interrogated for 14 hours. She also denied her access to legal counsel.

Ovsyannikova is not yet clear what other charges she will be facing for her air protest. Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin representative, considered her actions to be “hooliganism”. Ravina Shamdasani is a spokesperson of the United Nations Human Rights Office. Telled Reporters in Geneva, Switzerland reported that Russian authorities must ensure that Ovsyannikova does not suffer reprisals from exercising her freedom of expression. French President Emmanuel Macron offered Ovsyannikova “protection at embassy or through refugee status.” British Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron expressed concern about her safety. Some members of Parliament even asked for Ovsyannikova nomination for Nobel Peace Prize. 

Ovysannikova wasn’t the only Russian protesting Putin’s war. There are thousands of people who have protested Putin’s war. Have taken to the streetsRecent weeks have seen a number of protests against the Kremlin, their president and his aggression. During these protests, more than 4300 people were arrested.

These courageous acts of defiance haven’t gone unnoticed—Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Ovysannikova, and other Russians who “do not cease trying to get the truth out, who fight against disinformation and tell the truth, tell real facts to their friends, relatives.”