The invasion/war crime in Ukraine brings out the real spunk for humanity even as Vlad Putin and his incompetent army revels in cruelty, there’s a shitload of people after the truth — even in Russia.
Just one example of courage:
Wow. A woman with a poster that says "No war, stop the war, don't believe the propaganda, they're lying to you" runs out behind the famous anchor on Channel 1, the Kremlin's flagship TV channel. https://t.co/X2LwmyuKn2
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) March 14, 2022
Story via the Guardian this afternoon:
Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor at Channel One, burst on to the set of the live broadcast of the nightly news on Monday evening, shouting: “Stop the war. No to war.”
She also held a sign saying: “Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you here.” It was signed in English: “Russians against the war”.
The news anchor continued to read from her teleprompter speaking louder in an attempt to drown out Ovsyannikova, but her protest could be seen and heard for several seconds before the channel switched to a recorded segment.
Ovsyannikova also released a pre-recorded video via the OVD-Info human rights group in which she expressed her shame at working for Channel One and spreading “Kremlin propaganda”.
“Regrettably, for a number of years, I worked on Channel One and worked on Kremlin propaganda, I am very ashamed of this right now. Ashamed that I was allowed to tell lies from the television screen. Ashamed that I allowed the zombification of the Russian people. We were silent in 2014 when this was just beginning. We did not go out to protest when the Kremlin poisoned [opposition leader Alexei] Navalny,” she said.
“We are just silently watching this anti-human regime. And now the whole world has turned away from us and the next 10 generations won’t be able to clean themselves from the shame of this fratricidal war.”
Wearing a necklace in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag, Ovsyannikova said in her video statement that her father is Ukrainian and her mother is Russian.
“What is happening in Ukraine is a crime and Russia is the aggressor,” she said.
“The responsibility of this aggression lies on the shoulders of only one person: Vladimir Putin”.
She urged fellow Russians to join anti-war protests in order to bring an end to the conflict.
“Only we have the power to stop all this madness. Go to the protests. Don’t be afraid of anything. They can’t imprison us all.”
OVD-Info said that Ovsyannikova was arrested shortly after her protest and was being held at the Ostankino television centre.
She could face prison time under a newly introduced Russian legislation that criminalised spreading so-called “fake news” about the Russian military.
Those found guilty under the law could face up to 15 years in jail.
Ovsyannikova could also face legal consequences for encouraging “civil unrest” by telling Russians to protest.
In a statement published by the state news agency TASS, Channel One said that “an incident took place with an extraneous woman in shot. An internal check is being carried out.”
Within hours of her protest, more than 40,000 people had so far left comments on Ovsyannikova’s Facebook page, with many praising her for her taking a stand.
“You are a hero. Thank you so much,” one comment read.
Videos of the incident quickly racked up thousands of views.
“Wow, that girl is cool,” tweeted Kira Yarmysh, the spokesperson for the jailed opposition leader, Alexei Navalny.
There are some courageous and moxie people on this earth.
Turn and face the strange — maybe some bravery:
Once again here we are…
(Illustration out front: Salvador Dali’s ‘Tête Raphaëlesque éclatée [Exploding Raphaelesque Head],’ found here)