Protester interrupts Russian TV news to denounce war in Ukraine

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On Monday, a woman rushed onto the set of an evening news program on Russia’s flagship state television channel, Channel One, holding a poster saying, “No war. Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They lie to you here. Russians against the war. She shouted, “Stop the war, no to the war” before the camera cut.

Russian news agency TASS quoted a law enforcement source as saying the woman worked for the channel. TASS and OVD-Info, a human rights group that tracks protests and helps protesters find lawyers, reported that the woman was arrested and taken to a Moscow police station.

The government says more than 3,000 people were arrested during anti-war protests on March 6. OVD-Info estimates that nearly 15,000 protesters have been arrested at rallies since the invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.

Woman’s dissent display comes after president Vladimir Poutine enacted a bill that imposes a sentence of up to 15 years in prison on anyone found guilty of knowingly spreading false information and data about the use of the Russian armed forces.

OVD-Info identified the woman as Marina Ovsyannikova and shared a video she allegedly recorded before her protest. A Facebook profile using that name shows a photo of the woman wearing the same necklace – in the colors of the Russian and Ukrainian flags – that she wore during the television appearance.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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