Russian journalist appears in court after storming TV studio to protest Ukraine invasion

The courageous Russian journalist who stormed the studio of her television station to denounce the invasion of Ukraine was found guilty on Tuesday of flouting the laws banning demonstrations in the country.

Marina Ovsyannikova has been fined 30,000 rubles after being arrested for the fearless stunt on Monday, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported.

Her lawyer posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday showing Ovsyannikova appearing in court.

The producer was fined for “[organizing] an uncoordinated public event,” the newspaper reported.

During Monday’s live broadcast, Ovsyannikova burst into the frame as Channel One presenter Ekaterina Andreeva read the news – holding a sign reading “Stop the war.” Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you,” in a mix of English and Russian.

The Russian journalist who stormed a television station to protest against the war in Ukraine was reported missing.
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Marina Ovsyannikova's lawyer posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday showing her court appearance.
Marina Ovsyannikova’s lawyer posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday showing her court appearance.
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She chanted, “Stop the war! No to war!” as Andreeva tried to skim through her segment before the producers moved on to a music video, footage of the interruption showed.


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Ahead of her on-air protest, Ovsyannikova recorded a video in which she said she was ‘deeply ashamed’ of being part of ‘Kremlin propaganda’, Russian human rights group OVD said. -Info.

She called on Russians to protest the war, saying, “Only we have the power to stop all this madness,” OVD-Info said.

Marina Ovsyannikova speaks in a recorded statement before holding an anti-war placard live.
Marina Ovsyannikova speaks in a recorded statement before holding an anti-war placard live.
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Ovsyannikova also said in the video: “What is happening in Ukraine is a crime and Russia is the aggressor. The responsibility for this aggression rests on the conscience of a single person. That person is Vladimir Putin,” the US Sun reported.

“My father is Ukrainian, my mother is Russian and they have never been enemies,” she added. “The necklace around my neck is a symbol that Russia must immediately stop this deadly war and that our brotherly peoples can still reconcile.”

Her collar included sections in blue, white, yellow and red – the combined colors of the national flags of Russia and Ukraine.

Firefighters put out fires in a building after being hit by shelling in Kyiv.
Firefighters put out fires in an apartment building after it was hit by shelling in Kyiv.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged Ovsyannikova’s act during his late night speech.

“I am grateful to those Russians who keep trying to convey the truth. To those who fight misinformation and tell the truth, real facts to their friends and loved ones,” he said, according to the outlet.

“And personally to the woman who walked into the Channel One studio with an anti-war poster,” Zelensky added.

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Marina Ovsyannikova called on ordinary Russians to protest against the war.
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Rescuers work next to a bomb-damaged residential building as the Russian attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Rescuers work next to a bomb-damaged residential building as the Russian attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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Under a law passed by the Russian parliament this month, journalists who call the invasion of Ukraine a ‘war’ or report on Kremlin military setbacks and civilian deaths face up to three years. from prison.

The sentence could rise to 15 years behind bars for cases that carry “serious consequences”, Russian officials have said.

Criminal charges have “not yet” been filed against Ovsyannikova, according to Novaya Gazeta.

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Marina Ovsyannikova was fined 30,000 rubles after being arrested on Monday.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged Ovsyannikova’s act during his late night speech.
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Ovsyannikova reportedly changed her Facebook profile picture to show it with an icon of a dove with an olive branch.

Under a law passed by the Russian parliament this month, journalists who call the invasion of Ukraine a ‘war’ or report on Kremlin military setbacks and civilian deaths face up to three years. from prison.