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Russian News Channel Employee Protests Against Ukraine War During Live Bulletin

An employee on Russia’s state Channel One has protested during the channel’s main news program.

Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor at the channel, burst on the set of a live TV news broadcast on Monday evening, shouting “Stop the war. No to war.”

She also held a sign saying: “Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you here.” It also said in English: “Russians against the war”.

The news anchor carried on the bulletin but raised her volume. The protest was seen and heard for several seconds before the channel flicked to a recorded segment.

In a statement from the state news agency TASS, Channel One said that “an incident took place with an extraneous woman in shot. An internal check is being carried out”.

A law enforcement official told TASS that Ovsyannikova could be charged under a law that bans public acts that aim to “discredit the use of Russia’s armed forces”.