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14th Mar 2022

WATCH: Russian news editor arrested following anti-war protest live on air

Hugh Carr

Marina Ovsyannikova arrested

Her sign read “Stop the war / Don’t believe propaganda / They’re lying to you”.

A Russian news editor has been arrested after she ran on screen during a broadcast protesting the invasion of Ukraine.

Marina Ovsyannikova, a news editor at Government owned Channel One rushed on screen with a sign on Monday night (14 March).

Her placard read “Stop the war / Don’t believe propaganda / They’re lying to you”.

Ovsyannikova chanted “stop the war” before the feed was cut.

The editor has since been arrested, and is currently detained by Russian police.

Before the protest, Ovsyannikova recorded a message denouncing the war and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“What’s happening in Ukraine right now is a true crime,” she said.

“And Russia is the aggressor. And the responsibility for this crime lies only on the conscience of one person, and that person is Vladimir Putin.

“My father is Ukrainian, my mother is Russian. They were never enemies. And this necklace around my neck (in the colors of the Russian and Ukrainian flags) is a symbol of the fact that Russia must immediately stop the fratricidal war so that our closely-bonded people will still be able to reconcile.

“Unfortunately, in recent years I have been working on Channel One, creating Kremlin propaganda and I am now very ashamed of it.

“I’m embarrassed for letting them tell lies from the TV screen. I’m ashamed that I allowed them to zombify Russian people.

“We were silent in 2014, when all this was starting. We didn’t go out to rallies and protests when the Kremlin poisoned Navalny. We just silently observed this anti-human regime. And now the whole world has turned its back on us.

“And ten more generations of our descendants will not be able to wash away the shame of this fratricidal war. We are the Russian people. We are thoughtful and smart, it is only in our power to stop this madness.

“Come out to protest, don’t be afraid of anything, they can’t arrest every one of us,” she concluded.

14,861 people have been arrested at anti-war protests since the invasion began in February.

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