Marina Ovsyannikova : Who is the journalist who protested on Russian TV?


After her courageous protest on Russian TV, the journalist has to pay a fine – but who is the heroine who is taking a stand in Russia against the war in Ukraine?

In Germany, many are taking to the streets to demonstrate against the Russian attack on Ukraine. In Russia, on the other hand, there are few protests – on the one hand because the media there carry false reporting directed by Vladimir Putin (69) and on the other hand because one has to pay an immediate fine or even be arrested if one should call the Russian invasion “war”. to name. The Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova (44) is all the more courageous. She holds up a poster on state television during one of the most important news programs in Russia that reads “No War”.

Marina Ovsyannikova: This is the woman behind it Anti War Poster

The Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova became well-known overnight because she caused an interruption on Russian state television on Monday (March 14). During an ongoing news broadcast, she suddenly appeared behind the announcer on live TV and held up a self-described placard that read “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. You’re being lied to here” in Russian. Incredibly brave, considering that in Russia they can only call the invasion of Ukraine a “military special operation,” as the Kremlin does itself.

Before becoming an activist, Marina Ovsyannikova was herself a journalist for Channel One, a TV channel criticized for reporting in favor of the government. According to Russian media reports, the 44-year-old was born in Odesa. As she reports in a video, her father was Ukrainian and her mother Russian. She emphasizes: “They were never enemies”. Ovsyannikova herself has two children, who are said to be eleven and 17 years old. She finds harsh and honest words about her past at the Russian state broadcaster: “Unfortunately, I worked for Channel One for a few years and spread the Kremlin’s propaganda. I’m very ashamed of that today.”

Marina Ovsyannikova
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The Russian journalist was fined

How the courageous journalist will continue is still unclear. A court in Moscow sentenced her to a fine of 30,000 rubles (about 226 euros) for her call to protest against the war. But what the punishment for the anti-war poster on live TV will look like has not yet been decided. Under the new Russian media law, which regulates the dissemination of “fake news” about the military, the mother of two could face up to 15 years in prison.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (44) praises Russian citizens who continue to “speak the truth”. He also addressed words directly to Marina Ovsyannikova: “I am grateful for […] the woman who walked into the Channel One studio with the anti-war poster”.

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