In an act of resolute courage, Marina Ovsyannikova crashed a Russian broadcast with a powerful message about the invasion of Ukraine.
Monday, March 14, an editor at Channel One — the most-watched, state-controlled TV network in Russia — interrupted a live news broadcast.
Marina Ovsyannikova stood behind news anchor Ekaterina Andreeva with a protest sign in English and Russian that read:
“STOP THE WAR. DON’T BELIEVE PROPAGANDA. THEY’RE LYING TO YOU.”— Signed “RUSSIANS AGAINST WAR”
Producer Marina Ovsyannikova protests Ukraine invasion by stopping Russian broadcast
After stepping into frame, Ovsyannikova began chanting, “Stop the war! No to war!” and moved from behind the anchor to her left for more visibility.
The interruption lasted no more than five seconds before the stream was cut to another segment. In addition, viewers could not download the recording after the broadcast — a common feature for Channel One programs.
Prior to her live protest on the Russian broadcast, Ovsyannikova had shared a video statement through the OVD-Info human rights group.
Within the statement, she provides more insight into her brave action, describing her shame of working on “Kremlin propaganda” as a Channel One employee.
The daughter of a Russian mother and Ukrainian father, Ovsyannikova continues her statement with:
“What is happening in Ukraine is a crime and Russia is the aggressor. […] Only we have the power to stop all this madness. go to the protests. don’t be afraid of anything. they can’t imprison us all.”
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine, applauded her courageous words, stating during his evening address that:
“I am grateful to those Russians who do not stop trying to convey the truth […] And personally to the woman who entered the Channel One studio with an anti-war poster.”
According to BBC, she has recently appeared in Moscow court after her lawyers had reported her missing last night.
During these times of crisis, journalist Marina Ovsyannikova is a true example of bravery, taking risks, and standing up for what you believe in.
H/T: The New York Times