Protest against the war on TV: woman celebrated as a heroine

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Protest against the war on TV: woman celebrated as a heroine

In a spectacular appearance on Russian state television, a woman condemned the war of the head of the Kremlin Putin against Ukraine. The Kremlin accuses her of “hooliganism”. She gets praise for her bravery around the world.

“Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. Here you will be lied to. The Russians are against war.” With these phrases on a poster, Marina Ovssyannikova caused a stir on Moscow state television.

In the Russian newspaper – the “Vremja” evening news of the first channel – he held the banner in front of the camera, paced back and forth while the journalist Ekaterina Andreyeva talked about sanctions from the West. “No to war!” Ovsyannikova shouted before the broadcast was cut off and another report vanished.

The trial is seen as an unprecedented trial in quasi-militarily regulated state television broadcasts with pro-Kremlin and highly paid propagandists. There was no trace of the 44-year-old, celebrated internationally as a brave heroine on social media on Tuesday, for hours on Tuesday. In the afternoon, prominent Russian journalist Alexei Venediktov posted a photo of Ovsyannikova with his lawyer Anton Gashinsky in a courtroom on his Telegram channel.

Good for the reporter

Shortly after, the verdict was issued: a fine of 30 thousand rubles (226 euros) because in a video he had asked for protests against the war of the head of the Kremlin Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. It was initially feared that the mother of 17- and 11-year-olds could be convicted of defaming the Russian military under a controversial new law. Anyone who tarnishes the reputation of Putin’s military with alleged or actual false news has recently been threatened with up to 15 years in prison in Russia.

The EU has also shown concern after Ovsyannikova’s temporary disappearance. “Her lawyers are not allowed to contact her,” said a spokesman for EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell. The protest is the latest example of a bold stance that refutes the Kremlin’s lies and propaganda.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the incident as “hooliganism” and that the station management had to deal with it. Not even the state media could avoid reporting it because of the general public.

“What is happening in Ukraine is a crime”

A video recorded before the television appearance has also spread online, in which the woman says she is ashamed of having spread the Kremlin’s propaganda for years. “What’s happening in Ukraine is a crime.” Only Russian President Putin is responsible for the aggression. He invited his compatriots to protest the war. “It is up to us to stop all this madness.” The authorities couldn’t lock everyone up.

Ovsyannikova, who in the video wears a necklace in the colors of the flags of Russia and Ukraine, also says she is the daughter of a Ukrainian father and a Russian mother – “and they were never enemies.” “This chain on my neck is like a symbol that Russia must stop the fratricidal war immediately and that our brothers can still be reconciled.”

After his protest, he received a wave of worldwide recognition. The recording of the scene, in which he appears behind the news host with a handwritten poster, was shared multiple times Tuesday, including on Twitter and Telegram. “What courage really means,” wrote pianist Igor Levit. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked her. He praised the Russians “who try to tell the truth”.

Alexej Navalny’s team wants to pay a penalty

And even the camp of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny thanked her after criticizing in the video that the Kremlin opponent had been poisoned. To this day, the Kremlin and Russian state television deny that Navalny barely survived an assassination attempt with nerve agent Novichok in 2020. Navalny, who is in a prison camp and faces many years in prison in a controversial new trial, held Putin personally responsible for the attack with the banned chemical warfare agent.

Navalny’s team announced that they would support the television publisher. Mann wanted to pay the fine that could be imposed on her, Maria Pewtschich of the Navalny team wrote on Twitter. Russian journalists are not allowed to talk about war, only about “special military operation”.

Macron offers protection

French President Emmanuel Macron also offered help to Owsyannikova. “Obviously we will take diplomatic measures to protect your colleague, both in the embassy and in the asylum,” Macron said Tuesday when a French reporter asked him. He will propose this solution in a very direct and concrete way in his next meeting with the head of the Kremlin Putin.

© dpa-infocom, dpa: 220315-99-523799 / 14


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