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Russian police detain, raid state TV protester Ovsyannikova

Russian police have detained and raided the home of Marina Ovsyanikova, a former state television producer who protested the war in Ukraine on a live news broadcast. her lawyer Said Wednesday.

Ovsyannikova, 44, rose to prominence in Russia and abroad after performing an anti-war picket during Russia’s national Channel 1 primetime newscast in March. She was hired as a producer at the time.

“At 6 a.m., when I was still sleeping, dozens of members of the Commission of Inquiry and the police stormed my house. I have written With the Telegram messaging app.

“They scared my little daughter. Now I’m being taken before a commission of inquiry,” she added.

She was subsequently detained after criminal charges were filed against her for distributing “fakes” about the Russian military, her lawyer told AFP.

“A criminal case has been opened,” lawyer Dmitry Zakhbatov told AFP, adding that he was waiting for investigators to decide on pretrial measures against the mother of two.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

The case reportedly opened over Ovsyanikova’s solo protest In July she held up a poster near the Kremlin reading “How many more children will have to die?” [in Ukraine] before quitting? “

Zakvatov, a lawyer for the OVD-Info Human Rights Observatory, said: Said Police began searching the client’s home before legal representatives arrived.

Ovsyannikova has been fined twice so far for her anti-war actions.

Meshchansky District Court, Moscow, July ordered She was ordered to pay 50,000 rubles ($816) for “discrediting” the Russian military in an interview she gave during the trial against opposition politician Ilya Yashin.

AFP contributed to the report.

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/08/10/russian-police-detain-raid-house-of-state-tv-protester-ovsyannikova-a78543 Russian police detain, raid state TV protester Ovsyannikova

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