An opposing worker entered the studio on Monday, the most watched in Russian evening news, receiving a “No War” sign and condemning Moscow’s military action in Ukraine.
The incident was a very unusual security breach on a tightly controlled Channel One broadcaster. At 9pm, the famous news program Time has been around since the Soviet era and is watched by millions of people across the country, especially the old Russians.
OVD-Info, which monitors arrests in opposition protests, identified the woman as Marina Ovsyannikova, saying she works as an editor for Channel One and is now in a police station.
When Yekaterina Andreyeva broke the news on Belarus, Ovsyannikova, wearing a dark formal suit, appeared in plain sight holding a handwritten sign saying “No War” in English.
Below, the poster read in Russian: “Stop the war. Don’t believe propaganda. They’re lying to you here.” It is signed in English: “Russians against the war”.
The protester managed to utter a few phrases in Russian, including “Stop the war!”
Then the chain quickly changed to a hospital movie.
In a statement released by the state-run TASS news agency, Channel One said, “There was an incident with a woman who was shot outside. They are conducting an internal check.”
According to a TASS law enforcement source, the woman has been arrested and can be prosecuted under a law banning public action aimed at “banning the use of Russian armed forces”.
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OVD-Info has released a video in which Ovsyannikova claims that her father is Ukrainian and her mother is Russian and that she does not see the country as an enemy.
“Unfortunately for the last few years I’ve been working for Channel One, doing propaganda for the Kremlin and now I’m very embarrassed about this,” he said.
“I am ashamed that I have stopped lying on the TV screen. I am ashamed that I allowed the Russian people to be zombified,” he added.
“We were silent in 2014 when all this was just beginning,” he said, referring to Moscow’s apparent takeover of Crimea and its support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
“We didn’t go to the protests when the Kremlin poisoned (Alexei) Navalny. We watched this anti-human regime in silence. And now the whole world has moved away from us.”
Russia has blocked or restricted popular social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, all of which were widely used for political statements.
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