A Russian HERO journalist who staged a live TV protest to announce Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine has gone missing, her lawyer said.
Marina Ovsyannikova calls the war in Ukraine criminal and says Russia is the aggressor in a pre-recorded video, before she storm on top news programs in the country.
The 43-year-old staged her protest on Channel One’s flagship news program with a sign that read: “They’re lying to you.”
According to Russian human rights organization OVDInfo, with the help of lawyers, prosecutors have begun preparing a case against her.
But ominously they tweeted “where she is still unknown”.
One of her attorneys, Danill Berman, said he initially expected her to be detained for 15 days on administrative charges, and then face arrest on criminal charges. more severe prison sentences.
Marina was initially detained for three hours in the watch room at the channel’s Ostankino television center headquarters in Moscow.
He was not allowed to see her, she said. “They want to be scared a lot,” he said.
Another lawyer representing Ms. Pavel Chikov said today: “The whereabouts of Marina has not been determined.
“She was detained for more than 12 hours.”
She faces prosecution under new article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for “public dissemination of false information about the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”, the media outlet Baza said.
The maximum penalty for the offense is 15 years in prison.
Before performing her stunt, she recorded a message in which she personally attacked Putin, emphasizing: “They can’t imprison all of us.”
Her Facebook profile picture changed yesterday to show her and a dove with an olive branch. It is assumed that she took and posted the photo around the time the clip was shot.
Marina, whose father is Ukrainian, says in the video: “What is happening in Ukraine is a crime and Russia is the aggressor.
“The responsibility for such aggression lies only on one person’s conscience. That person is Vladimir Putin.
“My father is Ukrainian, my mother is Russian, and they have never been enemies.
“The necklace around my neck is a symbol that Russia must immediately end this fraternal war and that our brotherly peoples are still not reconciled.
“Unfortunately over the years I have worked at Channel One, doing propaganda for the Kremlin.
“And I’m extremely ashamed of it now. Shame that I allowed the spread of lies on television screens. Shame that I allowed the Russian people to be invisible.”
Marina said the Russians were “quiet” in 2014 when it occupied Crimea and “did not go out to protest” when the Kremlin poisoned Putin for Alexei Navalny.
“We simply watched this inhuman regime. And now the whole world has turned its back on us.
“And ten other generations of our descendants will not wash away the shame of this brotherly war.
“We are Russians: thinking and smart. We have only the strength to stop all this madness.
“Go out to protect. Don’t be afraid of anything. They can’t imprison us all.”
Marina interrupted Russia’s most famous newsreader Ekaterina Andreeva, 60, on a channel that in recent weeks has made anti-Ukrainian and anti-Western rhetoric.
Her sign also read “stop the war” and “don’t believe the propaganda” and she chanted in the air: “Stop the war! No war!”
The channel switches to another report to remove her from the screen after a few seconds she is seen and heard.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Marina in his nightly video speech.
He said: “I am grateful to the Russians who have not stopped trying to convey the truth. Those who fight misinformation and tell the truth, the real truth to their friends and loved ones.
“And sent privately to the woman who walked into Channel One’s studio with a poster protesting the war.”
Kira Yarmysh, a spokesman for jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, wrote on Twitter: “Wow, that girl is great.”
The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published a photo of the incident with Ovsyannikova’s sign blurred due to strict censorship rules.
At least 14,911 anti-war protesters have been detained by Russian police since the start of the invasion.
Police arrest more than 800 people protested yesterday alone.
Reports from a protest in the capital Moscow saw at least a dozen arrests and said police were arresting anyone without press papers.
A young woman was shouting “peace to the world” as she was taken away by two policemen, the journalist said.
Some riot police have a “Z” on their helmets.
The letter, seen on Russian tanks and vehicles in Ukraine, has become a symbol of support for Moscow’s invasion.
Putin has also suppressed the free press by shutting down independent news outlets.
And state media outlets were forced to call his war in Ukraine a “special military operation,” rather than an invasion.
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