The pictures of his plate “No war” have been around the world since Monday evening. Marina Ovsiannikova appeared on the set of the JT of the first Russian public channel, waving a clear message of protest against the war in Ukraine. youn trade strong, risky, praised for bravery, in a country where information is tightly controlled, especially since the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine. Marina Ovsiannikova was immediately arrested and tried on Tuesday 15 March for having broadcast a video on the Internet, parallel to her appearance on the television news, denouncing the entry of Russian troops into Ukraine and deploring the “Kremlin propaganda”† Franceinfo summarizes what we know about this 43-year-old Muscovite, her action and its aftermath.
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A malfunction at prime time
Journalist and producer Marina Ovsiannikova, an employee of the pro-Kremlin public broadcaster Pervy Kanal (international Channel One), the most powerful in the country, bursting Monday night on the set of main evening news program, Vremiaa daily meeting attended by millions of Russians, the American newspaper reports New York Times*.
While the famous presenter Ekaterina Andreyeva is speaking, we see Marina Ovsiannikova appear behind her with a sign that reads: “No to war. Don’t believe the propaganda. You are being lied to here”† ‘The Russians are against the war’is also on this poster, on which the flags of Ukraine and Russia are drawn.
† Russia’s premier propaganda “news program” tonight. pic.twitter.com/lrRVnF8LoW
—Christo Grozev (@christogrozev) March 14, 2022
imperturbable, the presenter, twenty years in office, continues to speak for a few seconds while the protester launches “Stop the War”then the channel rushes to launch a hospital report, ending the live on set.
“Internal investigation is underway” on this “incident”said Pervy Kanal laconically in a press release shortly after Marina’s raid Ovsiannikova† Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described his gesture as an act of “vandalism”† “The chain and those who have to take care of it, take care of it”he noted. “After Appearing in the Sky”† Marina Ovsiannikova †had been arrested”announced the NGO OVD-Info, which is trying to “tracking political persecution in Russia”†
Regrets participating in “the Kremlin’s propaganda”
Marina Ovsiannikova, 43, was born in Odessa, Ukraine to a Ukrainian father and a Russian mother. According to the information available on his Facebook profile, she is the mother of two minor children and lives in Moscow, where she studied at the Academy of Russian National Economy. She also passed through Kuban State University, a university in the southwest of the country, 360 km from the Ukrainian border.
In recent years working as a producer for the state broadcaster Pervy Kanal, Marina Ovsiannikova has a doctorate “Kremlin propaganda”, as she herself explained in a video recorded prior to her speech and posted on Twitter in parallel. “I am very ashamed of this now”she says. I am ashamed that I have allowed lies to be broadcast on television screens, that I have taken part in the zombing of the Russian people.” According to her, “what is happening in Ukraine is a crime. Russia is an aggressor country”with an administrator: “Vladimir Poutine”†
In this video, the new face of opponents of the Russian regime wears a necklace, in the colors of the two countries, Russian and Ukrainian, as a symbol of its demand for peace.
An English subtitled version of the video that journalist Marina Ovsyannikova pre-recorded to justify her spectacular protest in all-Russian news against the war in Ukraine. s/t @JuliaDavisNews pic.twitter.com/r0UbEOiEwn
— Jean-Luc Testault (@jltestault) March 14, 2022
She faces up to 15 years in prison.
While his lawyer, Daniil Berman, assured on Tuesday that he had still not been able to meet his client, a hearing eventually took place in a Moscow court linked to the distribution of his video on the internet. Marina Ovsiannikova was tried for illegally demonstrating. Convicted of committing a “administrative violation”she will have to pay a fine of 30,000 rubles (about 250 euros at the current rate).
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“My life has definitely changed. I’m glad I said what I thought. More importantly, there’s a new trend now: other journalists are following my lead”she said after the hearing. In a short statement to the press afterwards, she said that she especially wanted “to rest” after this ordeal “very difficult”† “These are very difficult days in my life. I did not sleep for almost two days, the interrogation lasted fourteen hours”she explained.
“I had no right to talk to my relatives, nor access to legal aid, and so I was in a very difficult position.”Marina Ovsiannikova
in a press statement
Her lawyer now says she fears she will be tried for her appearance on the set of the evening news. She can be convicted for publication“false information” about the Russian army, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Using the word “war” by the media or individuals to describe the Russian intervention in Ukraine can indeed be very heavily prosecuted.
France offers him “protection”
Marina Ovsiannikova’s post soon had a wide resonance around the world, as evidenced by the tens of thousands of comments on her Facebook profile. In France, she was supported by the First Lady, Brigitte Macron. “Solidarity and total admiration for her courage and all she has been able to do”said the wife of the head of state on Tuesday during a trip to Epinay-sur-Seine (Seine-Saint-Denis).
For his part, Emmanuel Macron, who was visiting… a center hosting Ukrainian refugees in Maine-et-Loire, claimed to condemn †most definitely any imprisonment of a journalist, like any manipulation”† He clarified that thewould represent a France “protection either at the embassy or also at consular protection” to Marina Ovshannikova.