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.
You want to see real bravery, courage? This. An employee on #Russia’s state Channel 1 television has interrupted the channel’s main news programme with an extraordinary anti-war protest. She has now been arrested and we can only pray for her well-being. pic.twitter.com/8jF8AxOyUk— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) March 14, 2022
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”.