Marina Ovsyannikova spoke out in her first TV interview just a day after she stood trial for storming a state TV program and called on Russians to “open their eyes.”
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A brave Russian woman who has taken state TV by storm with an anti-war message has called on others to “open their eyes” to spread propaganda about the war in Ukraine.
Marina Ovsyannikova revealed that she was worried for her safety after the country’s Channel One online protest.
Ovsyannikova, the editor of the state-controlled news agency, interrupted newsreader Ekaterina Andreeva on Monday as she was broadcasting her evening news, displaying a sign warning Russians about media propaganda.
She appeared in court earlier on Tuesday, wearing a Ukraine shirt, where she was fined 30,000 rubles, equivalent to £214.
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In her first television interview since her actions and after the Kremlin denounced her “thugs” actions, she revealed she had no plans to flee the country.
She told Reuters: “I believe in what I did but now I understand the scale of the problems I will have to deal with, and of course I am extremely concerned for my safety.
“I don’t feel like a hero at all.
“You know, I really want to feel that this sacrifice wasn’t in vain, and that people’s eyes are wide open.”
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Ms. Ovsyannikova explained that she not only wanted to oppose the war, but also wanted to send a direct message to the Russians, adding: “Don’t be such zombies; don’t listen to this propaganda; learn how analyze information; learn to look for other sources of information – not just Russian state television.”
Speaking outside court last night, she detailed how exhausted she was after “a 14-hour interrogation without the aid of law”.
Ms Ovsyannikova claimed she was not allowed to call or see her lawyer and added that she was “not surprised” at the fine.
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“I want to thank my friends and colleagues for their support,” she said.
“I had very difficult days in my life because I had lost two days without sleep, more than 14 hours was the interrogation, I was not allowed to contact my relatives and close people.
“I don’t have any legal support so I’m in a pretty tough situation, so leave all comments until tomorrow because I really need to rest today.”
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