- A Russian legman who stormed her own network’s broadcast to protest the Ukrainian war said more than half of all Russians are against the invasion.
- “I maintain that many people, more than half of the people in Russia, are against the war,” Maria Ovsyannikova said.
- Footage expressed Ovsyannikova holding up a sign during the broadcast that told viewers they were being lied to.
A Russian news producer who protested her own network’s coverage of the war in Ukraine on live television said on Sunday that most Russians are against the infringement.
Footage shows Maria Ovsyannikova, an editor at Russian state broadcaster Channel One, running onto the set as another newscaster rescues an address on camera. Ovsyannikova can be seen holding up a sign that informs viewers they are being lied to in the past the footage quickly switches over to another scene away from the set.
“Stop the war! Don’t believe propaganda! They’re dishonesty to you here!” the sign read.
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“Stop the war! No to war! Stop the war! No to war!” Ovsyannikova shouted as she held the register.
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Ovsyannikova said she believes “that many people, more than half of the people in Russia, are against the war.”
She revealed she had initially planned to attend a protest in Moscow to demonstrate against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but ultimately changed her take offence at to pursue a different approach.
“I decided that maybe I could do something else, something more meaningful, but more bump. Where I could attract more attention to this and I could show to the rest of the world that Russians are against the war,” she said.
She keep oned: “And I could show to the Russian people that this is just propaganda, expose this propaganda for what it is, and perhaps stimulate some people to speak up against the war.”
In an interview earlier this week, Ovsyannikova said the idea to profess has been “brewing” in her head for a while.
“I have been feeling a cognitive dissonance, more and more, between my principles and what we say on air,” Ovsyannikova said in an interview with CNN. “It was a brewing sense of dissatisfaction that kept increasing every year. The war was the inconsequential in reference to of no return, when it was simply impossible to stay silent.”