Anti-war activist interrupts live Russian TV show – Newspaper

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MOSCOW: A live evening news program on Russian state television was interrupted on Monday by someone who entered the studio with a poster protesting the war in Ukraine.

The moment was a risky protest in a country where independent media have been blocked or shut down and where it has become illegal to contradict the government’s war narrative.

A presenter was speaking during the newscast when a woman appeared on camera behind her, holding a scribbled no war sign in English at the top, with a message in Russian below calling on people not to believe Russian propaganda.

Within seconds, the news program switched to another scene.

Russian state television regularly amplifies the government line that troops entered Ukraine to save people from neo-Nazis and to defend Russians from a country preparing to attack. The invasion of Ukraine is qualified in Russia as a special military operation.

An independent human rights group that monitors political arrests identified the woman as Marina Ovsyannikova. The group, OVD-Info, posted on its website that Ovsyannikova, who identified herself as a station employee, was taken into custody.

Ovsyannikova spoke out against the war in a video on the OVD-Info website.

What is happening now is a crime, she said. Russia is an aggressor country and Vladimir Putin is solely responsible for this aggression.

Speaking in a video address early Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised Ovsyannikova.

Posted in Dawn, March 16, 2022

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