Russian TV editor could be fined for her on-air protest

Marina Ovsyannikova, the TV editor who burst onto the set of a live broadcast to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, will face a fine for her actions, the newspaper reports Russian independent Novaya Gazeta.

Ovsyannikova has previously been fined 30,000 rubles (about $300) for a video she made around the same time as her headline-grabbing demonstration. That fine was for her urging the Russians in the video to protest the war in Ukraine – a statement that recently became a crime in Russia.

The new proceedings in Moscow’s Ostankino District Court center on what Ovsyannikova did during a news broadcast on March 16, when she walked behind a Channel One anchor while holding a sign stating “No War” and telling viewers they were watching propaganda and lies. He also said: “The Russians against the war”.

Another new Russian law has made it a crime to spread ‘fake news’ or discredit the military – and it’s the law under which Ovsyannikova is currently charged, according to the human rights lawyer’s Telegram channel. the man Sergei Badamshin.

Ovsyannikova faces a fine of 30,000 to 50,000 rubles when her case is heard on April 14, Novaya Gazeta said.

Ovsyannikova has repeatedly refused to withdraw her anti-war statements, including at an earlier hearing.

In the video she filmed before her protest and arrest, Ovsyannikova expressed remorse for playing a role in the Russian propaganda machine. She also said the war in Ukraine is a crime for which Russian President Vladimir Putin should be held accountable.

“I’m ashamed that I let them tell lies on the TV screen. I’m ashamed that I allowed them to zombify the Russian people,” Ovsyannikova said.

News of the pending court date came a day after Ovsyannikova spoke to Voice of America, saying many of her former TV station colleagues were now afraid to speak out or quit their jobs, partly because the economic sanctions had destabilized the Russian economy.


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