An anti-war protester interrupted the main news program on Russia’s state TV channel on Monday, holding up a sign behind the studio presenter with slogans condemning the war in Russia. Ukraine.
He signed, in English and Russian, reading: “NO WAR. Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They are lying to you here.” Another phrase, which looks like “Russians against war”, has been partially obscured.
Unusual demonstrations took place on the 19th of the war that began when Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th in a special military operation.
“Stop the war. No war,” the woman protesting could be heard shouting, as the messenger continued to read from her remote camera.
The protester can be seen and heard for a few seconds before the channel switches to another report to remove her from the screen.
“Wow, that girl is great,” wrote Kira Yarmysh, a spokesman for jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on Twitter.
She posted a video recording the incident, which quickly garnered nearly 180,000 views.
State television is the main source of news for millions of Russians, and closely follows the Kremlin line that Russia is forced to act in Ukraine to demilitarize and “demilitarize” the country, while protecting the Russian speakers there were against the “genocide”. Ukraine and most of the world have condemned it as a false pretext for an invasion of a democratic country.
The woman was named Marina Ovsyannikova, an employee of the channel by OVD-Info, an independent protest monitoring group, and head of human rights group Agora.
Pavel Chikov, head of Agora, said she was arrested and taken to the Moscow police station.
Tass said she could face charges under the armed forces’ anti-discrediting law, citing a law enforcement source.
On March 4, the Russian Parliament passed a law that makes it illegal to make actions aimed at “discrediting” the Russian military illegal and prohibits the spread of fake news, or the “public dissemination through intentional misinformation about the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”. Criminals can be imprisoned for up to 15 years.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/anti-war-protester-in-studio-disrupts-live-russian-state-tv-news-41446828.html Anti-war protesters in the studio interrupt live Russian state TV news