Meanwhile, the protests against the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, the most interesting one took place on the live broadcast of the Moscow-based broadcaster Channel 1. Marina Ovsyannikova, one of the editors of the channel, who suddenly entered the studio, said: “Do not believe the propaganda. You are being lied to” and opened a “No War” banner.
Marina Ovsyannikova was detained after her action. The lawyers of the non-governmental organization OVD-Info, which conducts work in the field of human rights in Russia, helped Ovsyannikova’s case. After more than 14 hours of interrogation, the female journalist was fined 30 thousand rubles (about $280), then released.
Marina Ovsyannikova, made a statement while leaving the courthouse: “I would like to thank everyone for their support. I was sleepless for 2 days. I was interrogated for more than 14 hours, and they did not allow me to contact my relatives. Legal support wasn’t provided. I was stuck. I will make my statement tomorrow, I need to rest today” said she.
On the other hand, the editor of Kanal 1, Ovsyannikova, was also forced to resign from the television channel where she worked.
Russia has tightened censorship laws in the country in the process of its military intervention in Ukraine, which it launched on February 24. President Putin passed a draft law sentences people who humiliated the Russian army by spreading “false news” about the war in Ukraine for up to 15 years in prison for Thousands of anti-combatants were detained, who continued to take to the streets in many parts of the country despite the bans.