Russian state TV employee fined for signing protest ‘they are lying to you’ – POLITICO

A Russian state television employee who demonstrated against the war in Ukraine on primetime television was fined 30,000 rubles (about €250) on Tuesday – and may still face jail time.

Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor at Kremlin-backed Channel One, quickly jumped behind a newsreader in Monday waved a sign that read: “No war. Stop the war, don’t believe the propaganda, they are lying to you here. Russians Against War”.

“I thank everyone who supported them,” Ovsyannikova speak After she was released, and told reporters, she was questioned by police for more than 14 hours, was forbidden to speak to relatives and was not allowed to consult a lawyer. “These are really very difficult days in my life because I have literally gone two days without sleep,” she added.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier on Tuesday condemn Ovsyannikova’s actions and calling her protests “thugs”, in Russia is a crime.

But her protest could still be the subject of another criminal investigation under new censorship laws. Russian lawmakers passed a new free speech law through parliament on March 4, threatening those who spread “fake news” about the Russian military with sentences of up to 15 years in prison – a move Thailand forced foreign news outlets including Bloomberg and BBC to suspend their operations amid concerns for the safety of journalists.

In a video posted to Telegram before the protest, Ovsyannikova – half-Russian, half-Ukrainian – admission she was “very embarrassed” for her contribution to “Kremlin propaganda” during her time at Channel One while downplaying Russia’s role in the war. “What is happening in Ukraine is a crime, and Russia is the aggressor,” she said.

French President Emmanuel Macron also say Tuesday he will raise the TV editor’s case with Russian President Vladimir Putin and offer Ovsyannikova diplomatic protection.

More than 14,000 Russians were detained for protests during the first 17 days of the war. according to for surveillance group OVD-Info, while police are employing increasingly heavy-handed tactics against petty acts condemned by the public – with video rise on social media showed protesters being led away for holding up empty signs. Russian state TV employee fined for signing protest 'they are lying to you' - POLITICO

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