Ms. Maria Ovsyannikova interrupted a live Russian Broadcast with a poster saying no to war. It of course went viral outside Russia. Inside the censors took it down quickly. Maria is now in custody.
Russian citizens, knowing the price is steep including jail, hard labor or death…are still standing up. Modern day saints and martyrs in my eyes, without the religious adornments, perhaps even a greater courage, alone standing for humanity.
Here is reporting from CNN:
Russian state news agency TASS confirmed OVD-Info’s reporting, citing a source, and added that she could face prosecution.
OVD-Info also obtained a video purportedly made by Ovsyannikova before she interrupted the news broadcast.
“What is happening now in Ukraine is a crime, and Russia is the aggressor country, and the responsibility for this aggression lies on the conscience of only one person. This man is Vladimir Putin,” Ovsyannikova says in the video, noting that her father is Ukrainian, and her mother is Russian.
“Unfortunately, for the past few years, I have been working on Channel One and doing Kremlin propaganda, and now I am very ashamed of it,” she says. “It’s a shame that I allowed to speak lies from the TV screens, ashamed that I allowed to zombify Russian people.”
“I am ashamed that we kept silent in 2014, when all this was just beginning,” she says. “We didn’t go to rallies when the Kremlin poisoned Navalny, we just silently watched this anti-human regime and now the world has turned its back on us forever, and another ten generations of our descendants will not be able to wash away from the shame of this fraternal war.”
“We are Russian people, thinking and smart, and it is only in our power to stop all this madness,” she says. “Go to the rallies and do not be afraid! They can’t transplant us all!”
Videos of the interruption quickly were posted on social media shortly after it aired. CNN obtained the video from a live feed from Russia Channel One VK’s profile.
Within minutes, that live feed was removed.