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By David Ganezer
Observer Staff Writer 

A Channel One Employee Interrupted Moscow News to Broadcast Statement. She Left a TikTok Video

"Now the whole world turned away from us. Ten generations of our descendants won't be able to wash away the shame of this fratricidal war."

 

March 14, 2022

Woman runs onto the set during a Russian state television news broadcast with a sign that said, "Stop the war! Don't believe propaganda! They're lying to you here!" This happened during a Channel one evening newscast.

Update: Kyiv Independent identifies the woman who rushed the set of Vremya: "During the "Vremya" news program on Russia's main TV channel, Maria Ovsyannikova, a Channel One employee, rushed in front of the camera with a poster saying "stop the war, don't believe the propaganda."

She recorded a video before interrupting Channel One's live broadcast. “What is currently happening in Ukraine is a crime. Russia is a country-aggressor.” Ovsyannikova said, in a translation by @JuliaDavisNews. "All responsibility for this aggression lies on the conscience of one person: Vladimir Putin. My father is Ukrainian, my mother is Russian. They were never enemies. This necklace around my neck signifies that Russia should immediately stop this fratricidal war and our brotherly nations can make peace with each other.

"Unfortunately, for the last several years I worked at Channel One, promoting Kremlin propaganda and for that I am very ashamed right now."

"I am ashamed that I allowed lies to be told from TV screens, that I allowed Russian people to be zombified. We stayed quiet when all of this was just getting started in 2014."

"We didn't come out to protest when the Kremlin poisoned Navalny. We continued to quietly watch this inhumane regime."

"Now the whole world turned away from us. Ten generations of our descendants won't be able to wash away the shame of this fratricidal war."

The woman's prerecorded statement may be seen at https://twitter.com/NiklasKossow/status/1503458712522051586?s=20&t=KIvH14QBpuuOCMoPNURWDA

Later today, the Russian official TASS news agency posted a quote from Channel One on Telegram: "We are investigating an incident earlier today where an outsider appeared in the frame, during a live news broadcast."

3.14.22: A woman ran onto the set during a Russian state television news broadcast with a sign that said, "Stop the war! Don't believe propaganda! They're lying to you here!" This happened during a Channel one evening newscast.

Russia has arrested in excess of 14,000 war protestors, so that was certainly a brave thing for her to do. Most are released in a few days, but they can be detained for up to 15 years, under new laws enacted by Russia's rubber stamp parliament.

Russia's carefully controlled news media has told the public this is a limited action in the Donbas region of Ukraine, and only to support Russian speakers who are threatened by the Ukrainian Government.

Separately, at least one writer has made the case that Putin can be compared in many respects, to, wait for it....... Adolf Hitler. Can you imagine? The nerve of some people.

During the "Vremya" news program on Russia's main TV channel, Maria Ovsyannikova, a Channel One employee, rushed in front of the camera with a poster saying "stop the war, don't believe the propaganda."

"Indeed, Putin's trajectory increasingly resembles that of Hitler. Both men came to power after their countries experienced imperial dismemberment and economic collapse. Both promised to revive their nation's glory and enjoyed enormous popularity. Both militarized and pursued state capitalism. Both relied on the army and secret police. Both identified their nations with themselves. Both promoted reactionary ideologies that identified one nation - Jews for Hitler, Ukrainians for Putin - as the enemy. And both used their national minorities living in neighboring states as pretexts for expansion. Both were also consummate liars and had deranged personalities. In this scheme of things, Putin's invasion of Ukraine is equivalent to Hitler's attack on Austria, Czechoslovakia or Poland. And we all know what happened afterward - a Vernichtungskrieg."

Russian news media tells the public that this action is limited to the far East of the Country, and is to protect Russian speakers from genocide at the hands of Ukrainian nationalist.

The video may be seen here: https://twitter.com/KevinRothrock/status/1503444144206888962?s=20&t=pyEk4_drghFhgBw5RJorBA

 

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