Hero anti-war protester Marina Ovsyannikova pictured in court as she faces jail for slamming Putin’s ‘lies’ on live TV

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HERO Russian protestor Marina Ovsyannikova has been pictured in court as she faces jail time for slamming Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine live on TV.

Ovsyannikova – who barged onto the set of Russia’s most-watched evening news holding a poster reading “No War” – faces trial over breaching draconian protest laws, a Moscow court representative told AFP.

Marina Ovsyannikova appeared her lawyer ahead of her case in Moscow

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Marina Ovsyannikova appeared her lawyer ahead of her case in Moscow
Ovsyannikova stormed her employer Channel One's top news show with a sign reading: 'No War'

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Ovsyannikova stormed her employer Channel One’s top news show with a sign reading: ‘No War’

The brave Russian journalist is facing 10 days in jail for the demonstration.

A recent tweet has shown Ovsyannikova next to her lawyer Anton Gashunsky in a close-off room preparing for her trial on Tuesday.

She had earlier been reported as missing.

A post on the Telegram channel where the photo was originally shared said Ovsyannikova was awaiting trial in Ostankino District Court.

Ovsyannikova called Putin a war criminal and said Russia was the aggressor in a pre-recorded video, before she stormed the country’s top news show.

The 43-year-old staged her protest during employer Channel One’s top news show holding a sign reading: “They’re lying to you.”

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The mum-of-two was immediately detained at the channel’s HQ but her lawyers have not been able to see her amid fears she’s been held at a secret location.

According to Russian human rights group OVDInfo, whose lawyers have been helping Marina, prosecutors have begun preparing a case against her.

She has been charged with organising an unauthorised public event, which could be punished with a fine and community service or 10 days in jail.

Ovsyannikova was initially held for three hours in the duty room at the channel’s Ostankino television centre headquarters in Moscow. 

She faces prosecution under new article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for the “public dissemination of knowingly false information about the use of the Russian Federation Armed Forces”.

The maximum penalty for the offence is 15 years in prison.

Before she staged her stunt she recorded a message in which she attacked Putin personally, insisting: “They can’t jail us all.”

Her Facebook profile picture changed yesterday showing her and an icon of a dove with an olive branch, which she uploaded around the time she recorded the clip.

Ovsyannikova, whose dad is Ukrainian, said in the video: “What is happening in Ukraine is a crime and Russia is the aggressor.

“Responsibility for that aggression lies on the conscience of only one person. That person is Vladimir Putin.

“My father is Ukrainian, my mother is Russian, and they were never enemies.

“The necklace around my neck is a symbol that Russia must immediately stop this brother-killing war and our brother peoples can yet reconcile.


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“Unfortunately the past years I have worked at Channel One, working on Kremlin propaganda.

“And I am now deeply ashamed of that. Ashamed that I allowed pronunication of lies on the television screen. Ashamed that I allowed the zombification of the Russian people. “

Ovsyannikova said Russians were “quiet” in 2014 when the country seized Crimea and did “not go out to protest” when the Kremlin poisoned Putin foe Alexei Navalny.

“We simply watched this inhumane regime. And now the entire world has turned away from us.

“And another ten generations of our descendants will not wash themselves clean of the shame of this brother-killing war.

‘STOP THIS INSANITY’

“We are Russian people: thinking, and intelligent. It is only in our strength to stop all of this insanity.

“Come out to protect. Do not fear anything. They cannot jail us all.”

Ovsyannikova interrupted Russia’s most famous newsreader Ekaterina Andreeva, 60, on a channel that in recent weeks has spewed anti-Ukrainian and anti-Western rhetoric. 

The channel cut to a different report to remove her from the screen after several seconds of her being seen and heard.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Marina in his nightly video address.

He said: “I am grateful to those Russians who do not stop trying to convey the truth.

“And personally to the woman who entered the studio of Channel One with a poster against the war.”

KREMLIN CRACKDOWN

Kira Yarmysh, spokeswoman for jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, wrote on Twitter: “Wow, that girl is cool.”

Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published a picture of the incident with Ovsyannikova’s sign blurred out due to strict censorship rules.

At least 14,911 anti-war protestors have been arrested by Russian police since the start of the invasion.

Police arrested more than 800 people protesting yesterday alone.

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Putin has also cracked down on the free press by closing independent news outlets.

And state media outlets are forced to call his war in Ukraine a “special military operation”, rather than an invasion.

TV editor Marina recorded a message in which she slammed Vladimir Putin directly

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TV editor Marina recorded a message in which she slammed Vladimir Putin directlyCredit: Reuters
Marina's father is Ukrainian and her mother is Russian

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Marina’s father is Ukrainian and her mother is RussianCredit: Facebook



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