The Russian state security services have searched this Wednesday the house of the former state television journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who in March denounced the war in Ukraine during a live newscast, according to the news agency. Reuters.
Marina Ovsyannikova’s gesture has broken the Russian propaganda machine and will be an example
This Monday Ovsyannikova was fined, for the third time, 40,000 rubles (650 euros) for criticizing the Russian invasion in Ukraine through Facebook, as explained by the journalist’s lawyer, Dmitry Zajvatov, through his Telegram channel. Zakhvatov also said that a criminal case had been opened against her blaming her for spreading “false” information about the Russian military.
The Ukrainian-born journalist made headlines on March 14 when she interrupted Channel One’s nightly news with a banner against the Russian military offensive. On the sign, she said “For war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They are lying to you”, and she chanted: “For the war. Not to the war”. Later, she recorded a video encouraging her compatriots to demonstrate.
Since then, she has been arrested and fined several times. Under the new Russian law passed after the invasion, any information about the war and even the use of words like “war” or “invasion” can lead to up to 15 years in prison. Given the impossibility of reporting independently, Russian media such as Novaya Gazeta, led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dmitri Muratov, have been forced to leave their country. Media outlets around the world have also closed their offices.
According to the human rights organization OVD-info, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began last February, at least 16,412 people have been detained in Russia for demonstrating against the war.