Russian TV Worker who Protested war Live On-Air Briefly Detained – Marina Ovsyannikova, a Russian media worker who staged a protest against the invasion of Ukraine on live state television in March, was briefly detained in Moscow on Sunday, according to a post on her social media accounts. Marina was seen being led by two police officers toward a white vehicle in a post on her Telegram channel that read, “Marina has been detained.”
Ovsyannikova shortly after that shared pictures of herself with two dogs on her Facebook page. “Went for a walk with the dogs, just stepped outside the gate, people in uniform approached me,” she wrote. “Now I’m sitting in Krasnoselsky ministry of internal affairs,” referring to a police station in a Moscow district.
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However, Ovsyannikova reported that she had been released three hours later. “I’m home. Everything is okay,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “But now I know it’s always best to bring a suitcase and passport if you go out.” Ovsyannikova gained fame in March after bursting into a studio of Russian state TV, her then employer, to denounce the Ukraine war during a live news bulletin. She was fined after being found guilty of flouting protest laws.
Following social media posts from July 15 in which she is seen holding a sign calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a murderer and his soldiers fascists, she was briefly detained on Sunday. The poster read, “How many more children must die before you will stop?”
In April, the German news organization Welt hired Ovsyannikova as a correspondent. She said on Facebook earlier this month that she had to go back to Russia because she needed to defend her parental rights in court against her husband.