Russian TV protester Marina Ovsyannikova denounces Putin’s propaganda | Ukraine
The Russian TV editor who interrupted a news program to protest the war in Ukraine said on Sunday she acted out of dissatisfaction with propaganda broadcast by Vladimir Putin’s government and said she refused an offer of asylum in France despite fear of further reprisals.
Marina Ovsyannikova, who describes herself as “a patriot”, was fined 30,000 rubles ($280) by a Moscow court last week for the “spontaneous” act of rebellion in which she appeared during the live newscast with a sign saying ‘No War’.
She told ABC’s This Week on Sunday that she needed to speak out after watching her employer, Channel One, spread “lies” about the war in Ukraine.
“After a week of covering this situation, the mood on the channel was so unpleasant that I realized I couldn’t go back,” she said. “I was able to see what was actually happening in Ukraine. And what we showed in our programs was very different from what was happening in reality.
She said knowing the channel was giving out false information gnawed at her.
“I couldn’t believe that such a thing could happen, that this horrible war could take place. And as soon as the war started, I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep,” she said. said, adding that she had considered joining public protests in Moscow.
“I could see security taking people away… and I decided that was going to be a pretty pointless action on my part. Maybe I could do something more meaningful, with more impact, where I could show the rest of the world that Russians are against war.
“And I could show the Russian people that this is just propaganda, expose this propaganda for what it is and maybe inspire some people to speak out against the war.”
Ovsyannikova, who could face further action after the Kremlin suggested she broke rules on ‘hooliganism’, said French President Emmanuel Macron had offered her asylum but that she refused it. had refused.
“I am very worried about the safety of my children, above all. And I am very grateful to Mr. Macron for his offer, but I have publicly refused to seek political asylum in France because I am a patriot,” he said. she declared.
“I want to live in Russia. My children want to live in Russia. We had a very comfortable life in Russia. And I don’t want to immigrate and waste another 10 years of my life to assimilate in another country.
“And now I believe in the history of my country. These are very dark and very difficult times, and anyone who has a civil position who wants to make that civil position known needs to speak up.