A woman interrupted the live evening broadcast on Russia’s most popular channel Monday, running into frame with a sign protesting the war in Ukraine and telling the audience that they are being “lied” to.
“Stop the war, no to war,” the woman chanted. She held a sign that read, “NO WAR” and “Russians against war” in English, and “Stop the war, don’t believe propaganda, they are lying to you” in Russian.
The protester tried to get her sign into frame as the evening anchor carried on with the news, raising her voice over the woman’s chanting. The news then cut away to a new frame.
Multiple journalists identified the protester as Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor at Channel One, one of Russia’s most popular news channels.
She recorded a video beforehand, which has since gone viral, accusing the network of propaganda and apologizing that she worked there.
“Unfortunately, for the last few years I’ve been working for Channel One,” Ovsyannikova said in the video. “I’ve been doing Kremlin propaganda and I’m very ashamed of it — that I let people lie from TV screens and allowed the Russian people to be zombified.”
“We didn’t say anything in 2014 when it only just began. We didn’t protest when the Kremlin poisoned Navalny. We just silently watched this inhuman regime. Now the whole world has turned away from us, and ten generations of our descendants won’t wash off this fratricidal war,” she continued. She noted that her father was Ukrainian.
Russia passed legislation March 4 increasing its media censorship after the invasion of Ukraine. The new law allows for individuals to be punished with up to 15 years of prison for publishing information that runs counter to Russia’s narrative.
This is an excerpt from the Daily Caller.
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