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Marina Ovsyannikova's Russian TV Poster Protest Was Not 'Hooliganism,' but Bravery

Protesters aren’t intimidated by Putin’s threat of imprisonment for dissent.

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On March 14, President Vladimir Putin banned Instagram from being accessed within the country, cracking down on the dissemination of information to the app's 80 million users about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Later that same day, Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor and producer at the Russian state television's flagship Channel One decided enough was enough. 

With parents of both Ukrainian and Russian descent, Ovsyannikova said she was fed up with working for "Kremlin propaganda." So, during the live evening news program, she ran onto the set with a poster that read, "Don't believe the propaganda. They're lying to you here." The bottom of her poster read in English: "Russians against the war." While yelling those same sentiments, the camera darted away and the news anchor attempted to shout over Ovsyannikova, hoping to drown her out. Ovsyannikova was detained by Moscow police soon after. 

In early March, Putin enacted a law that punishes the "intentional spread of fake news" about the Russian military with 15 years in prison, thus prohibiting Russians from using the words invasion or assault to describe the conflict in Ukraine. Ovsyannikova's courage prevailed even when she knew she'd likely be imprisoned for speaking out so publicly against the Kremlin. 

Ovsyannikova pre-recorded a video (timed for release after her on-air protest) expressing shame for working at Channel One and for allowing "the zombification of the Russian people."

"We are just silently watching this anti-human regime," she said. "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." At the end of her video she pleaded with Russians to join her and participate in anti-war protests. On Tuesday, she was found guilty of organizing an illegal protest and fined 30,000 rubles ($280) for circulating the video. After pleading not guilty to the charge, Ovsyannikova said she was interrogated for more than 14 hours and denied access to legal counsel.

It's still unclear what additional charges Ovsyannikova will face for her on-air protest since a representative for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, deemed her actions as "hooliganism." Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the United Nations human rights office, told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland, that Russian authorities should make sure that Ovsyannikova "does not face any reprisals for exercising her right to freedom of expression." French President Emmanuel Macron has offered her "protection at the embassy or through asylum." The British government expressed concern for her safety and some members of Parliament have even called for Ovsyannikova to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Ovysannikova isn't the first Russian to protest Putin's war. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks to denounce the Kremlin and their president's aggression. More than 4,300 people have been arrested during these demonstrations.

These courageous acts of defiance haven't gone unnoticed—Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Ovysannikova, and other Russians who "do not cease trying to get the truth out, who fight against disinformation and tell the truth, tell real facts to their friends, relatives."

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  2. At least she's being treated better by her government than the Jan. 6 protesters...

    1. No kidding. Or Daedelin for going against the abortion industry.

    2. https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1504249952079384579?t=Sjd3Tdp_rakqLcA0JNUEHw&s=19

      Breaking: #Antifa member Darby Howard gets no prison time after pleading guilty to trying to smash his way into the Portland federal courthouse last year. He was arrested at a riot earlier in the day before being quickly released & returning to riot again. He has an antifa tattoo

      You can read my previous reporting on #antifa member Darby M. Howard here. He was arrested at an antifa riot on the afternoon of March 11, 2021 before being quickly released without bail and being arrested again for violence that night at a second riot:
      [Link]

  3. protesting when there's 15 years in Siberia on the line is protesting.

    1. Protesting when getting shot in the face is on the line is protesting.

      1. You’re going to hurt the fake libertarians feeling’s talking like that.

  4. Hooliganism? Ovsyannikova is lucky. In the USA she would be charged with sedition and insurrection. And also thrown out of the press club, and cut from Whoopi's Christmas card list.

    1. You mean she would be called an insurrectionist, held without charges for 12+ months, then charged with trespassing.

      1. Putin is such an expert troll he might do exactly that.

  5. "30,000 rubles ($280)" -- is this pre- or post-inflation?

    1. The ruble is going down a lot faster than the dollar.

  6. Meanwhile over "on the right side of history":

    https://twitter.com/The_Real_Fly/status/1504094761355038724?t=fk7eWcGCN0HD76lDBzflcA&s=19

    Daniil Medvedev told he will be banned from Wimbledon unless he denounces Vladimir Putin

    1. The way you spread freedom in the world is to force everyone who doesn't agree with you into a struggle session.

      1. Manufactured conformity - the best kind of diversity.

    2. Tennis Canal won't put the little Russian flag up next to the Russian players' names in the bracket. Take that, Vlad!

      1. Russia is now “the R word”.

  7. On March 14, President Vladimir Putin banned Instagram from being accessed within the country, cracking down on the dissemination of information to the app's 80 million users about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    Ok, wait a second. What have I been reading for the last three weeks where all the US companies were shutting down operations within Russia as a public/private sanction partnership?

    *digs*

    Yes... YES... here:

    Listing only the Tech companies:

    Adobe
    AirBnB
    Amazon (no retail products to Russia)
    Apple (no online transactions/apple pay. No maps which somehow "protects civilians". I'm trying to imagine a scenario where I could no longer look at a map and it would "help" me.
    AWS: This is huge
    Bumble (dating app, virtue signal much?)
    EA (no video games)
    Epic Games (No Fortnite)
    Goldman Sachs (not a tech company and I don't know the impact of this on the Russian financial sector)
    Google. (search engine still avail, no advertising, Google Maps features disabled. Suspended billing on Play, no mobile apps, YouTubers in Russia are suspended from payment-based services (this is fucking retarded because some of those youtubers may be Russian dissidents-- this whole thing strikes me as totally retarded and poorly thought by execs))
    IBM
    Intel
    Microsoft
    Netflix (no bad movies)
    Nintendo
    Nvidia
    Paypal "halted all services" because only the Russian Government takes Paypal.
    Rockstar Games (whatever)
    Snapchat (Uhh, remember when social media apps were helping support the Arab Spring? I DOOOOO)
    TikTok (they probably did Russia a favor)
    Twitch (no titty streamers-- hopefully we'll get a 12,000 word article from ENB on this)
    Ubisoft (whatever)

    So I guess my question here is, who is suspending whom at this point?

    1. On March 14, President Vladimir Putin banned Instagram from being accessed within the country, cracking down on the dissemination of information to the app's 80 million users about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

      And explain to me how Putin's move here is an illegitimate attempt to stop misinformation about the Ukraine invasion? Show your work.

      And I'm serious about this. Show your work. With the entire Media/Government Sphere in America demanding all forms of "misinformation" being shut down, why then would Vladimir Putin's concern of the same not be legitimate?

      (now watch the simple-minded in the comments take my question as tacit support for Putin shutting down instagram)

    2. Google. (search engine still avail, no advertising, Google Maps features disabled. Suspended billing on Play, no mobile apps, YouTubers in Russia are suspended from payment-based services (this is fucking retarded because some of those youtubers may be Russian dissidents-- this whole thing strikes me as totally retarded and poorly thought by execs))

      If I didn't think it would potentially lead to Very Bad Things™ down the road, it would be worth it to point my VPN at Russia just to return to the halcyon days of just good old-fashioned pagerank.

      I mean, it would almost be worth it to see what all information is being pushed down by advertisers.

    3. In early March, Putin enacted a law that punishes the "intentional spread of fake news" about the Russian military with 15 years in prison, thus prohibiting Russians from using the words invasion or assault to describe the conflict in Ukraine.

      The more I read here, the more clear it is Putin literally took a page right out of the American Corporate Media and Biden Administration playbook. This can't be understated.

      All I've heard spewed here is "muh private companies" when the tech companies colluded to do it, ignored 'pressure' from government agencies where public statements were made about cracking down if the tech companies were slow to act, and called actual acts from the government 'nothingburgers'.

      The thing that's gotten you the MOST animated was when a politician tried-- even if clumsily and yes, unconstitutionally-- to make it so tech companies COULDN'T ban something.

      And now I'm supposed to get my panties in a twist over Putin banning instagram because it's spreading misinformation.

      1. Again, in 2016 there were calls, investigations, and hearings to ban Russians from Facebook for hosting pages that reached a few thousand people. Now that Putin has banned them from Instagram, he's a monster.

  8. https://twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1504086685377826824?t=RwN_tT-23--ZekjyrRBwLg&s=19

    Zelenskyy invokes MLK: "I have a dream. I have a need. I need to protect our skies. I need your help, which means the same you feel when you hear the words, 'I have a dream'."
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    1. https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1504082672586473477?t=Q2NhUEupxAfrN7Bfxl7pDw&s=19

      Before his speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy receives a standing ovation from members of Congress
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  9. Don't give two shits about the Ukraine pantomime show.

    In the US, Jan 6th protesters are still being held illegally--for protesting the illegal regime that took control of the US.

    Can YOU say 'political prisoner'? Probably not, 'cos there's a cell waiting for you, too/

    1. Hold on now, the justice department finally got one (1) serious conviction out of Jan 6.

      1. Sure, it was threatening his kids on Jan. 7th but, you know, horseshoes, hand grenades, and the law.

    2. But the Russians didn’t put boots on Nancy’s desk.

      1. They took a beer put of her fridge sir. That can not stand.

  10. The world is filled with nothing but misinformation, propaganda, bullshit. 24/7 365 days a year. Why aren't we covering the Hunter laptop, the Russiagate bullshit, The Mueller findings, the Rona bullshit, Fauci misinformation, and the list goes on and on. I don't give a shit about Putin and his misinformation. When are we going to address the shit here?

    1. When they are allowed to.

  11. https://twitter.com/MaajidNawaz/status/1504073905811636224?t=p1mJAWh3gKqn0zdpLBCZVA&s=19

    Ukraine 24 TV host endorses Nazi Holocaust organiser Adolf Eichmann & calls for the genocide of ethnic Russians

    "By killing children, they will never grow up & the nation will disappear..I hope that everyone will contribute & kill at least one Muscovite”

    [Video, links]

    1. Facebook says that's OK right now.

    2. To be fair Ukraine already has one of the lowest child replacement rates in Europe (which is saying a lot considering European child replacement rates are already significantly below population maintenance levels and are in depopulation territory) so killing kids just makes it worse. Then again, Russia isn't much better.

      1. That was Ukrainian TV calling for the murder of Russian children.

    3. Remember war is just politics by other means.

  12. Months before it even happened I was saying that Western governments wanted this war even more than Putin.

    Vladimir Putin Is the Best Thing to Happen to Joe Biden’s Pathetic Presidency.
    “Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been a godsend for Team Biden and its flying monkeys in the mainstream media. The noise of the news from Ukraine has become the perfect screen for Biden to hide his myriad failures behind.”

    1. I don't see how a failure of diplomacy helps him cover up his economic failures.

      1. Because most people don't think that far down the road.

      2. That's the thing, for it to benefit Biden long term he needs Ukraine to win, if they capitulate or are conquered, this just looks bad for him. It's a gamble for him to rely on this for political purposes, which is what I believe is his primary purpose. Which scares me as to what he is willing to do to keep Ukraine from losing.

  13. https://twitter.com/JordanSchachtel/status/1504168380378619904?t=8qMNQ-xK8fb1MWqFdTmS9Q&s=19

    The journalist casualties I've tracked on the Russia-Ukraine front has been the result of trigger happy and/or undisciplined Ukrainian soldiers and police. All of them.

    The media is reporting the opposite & taking it further, claiming Russia is *targeting* these journalists.

    Now, you could claim that it is Russia's fault because they are the ones invading. That still doesn't give you a license to just make shit up. Additionally, the Ukrainian side is using these casualties that they inflicted to attempt to rope the West into their conflict.

      1. Careful, mitt Romney will call you a traitor.

        1. A few regulars on this site would too. It's pathetic. Useful idiots for the Davos crowd.
          "Sure, they've lied about everything for at least the last 5+ years, and are running the exact same playbook they just used with covid... but RuSsIaMaNbAd!!!"

  14. Most telling fact; she knew to put the beginning and end in English.

  15. Soghomon Tehlirian assassinated the author of the Armenian genocide, Talaat Pasha. It took a German court only an hour to render a verdict of not guilty. Today he is memorialized by a monument on an Armenian Orthodox cemetary in Fresno. People still come to visit and pray at the memorial to the man who assassinated a genocidal dictator. It is on my bucket list to visit his grave and lay a rose for his sacred deed.

    Should someone assassinate Putin, similar adoration would be forthcoming. God himself would seat him on his right hand at the Feast of the Lamb. There are times in history when assassination is justified. This is one of them.

    1. I like how you speak for what god would do.

    2. Brandybuck got nothing to do with God.
      The trust fund bitch is nature's reject.

      1. War fever isn’t good for people, or even brandybuck.

        1. It'd would be ok if he had the balls to go join the Ukraine foreign legion.
          If someone isn't willing to do that, they can shut the fuck up with any war support.

  16. *Russian soldiers have not entered Chernihiv.
    But hey, look at all those replies lusting for US war!

    https://twitter.com/USEmbassyKyiv/status/1504074846342418434?t=_Qvl33OC4_Oh88GxIplAMw&s=19

    Today, Russian forces shot and killed 10 people standing in line for bread in Chernihiv. Such horrific attacks must stop. We are considering all available options to ensure accountability for any atrocity crimes in Ukraine.

    1. Putin is going to start bayoneting nuns next.

      1. Mickey Rat, Ken Schultz, brandybuck, etc can only hope so.
        But if someone mentions it on FoxNews or CNN it will of course become gospel, because the State Department is totes trustworthy.

  17. When is someone gonna run out behind Don lemon, Joyless Reid, Tucker Carlson, et. al. with the same sign?

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