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Russian Reaction to Woman Who Carried Anti-War Poster Onto Live Russian TV, Seen by Millions

Russian Magazine Compares Marina Ovsyannikova to Joan of Arc, Says She Saved the Country

You've no doubt seen the story of Marina Ovsyannikova, the gal who carried a Poster that said "No War, they are lying to you, don't believe propaganda" unto live Russian TV. The young production assistant works at Channel One News, the CBS Evening news of Russia.

After 14 hours of interrogation at a police station, Marina was fined $200 and released. The fine was for posting an anti-war video; she may still be charged with "hooliganism" for carrying the poster onto TV. But did anyone see her?

Apparently so. Novaya Gazeta is an online magazine that has continued publishing, though it does not mention the war directly. But it did post an article about Ovsyannikova. It follows below:

"Saving the honor of the country. In five seconds, the editor of Channel One blew up politics"

The Holy Inquisition has begun a test against Joan of Arc for entering into forbidden contact with the devil.

"The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (quoting TASS) has begun checking Channel One editor Marina Ovsyannikova for the public dissemination of deliberately false information about the use of the Russian Armed Forces; article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation".

What will happen to Marina Ovsyannikova, we do not know. But we know what happened to Joan of Arc. She was burned at the stake, but she saved France. She is now a national hero. And she was convicted as a witch.

On Monday evening, Marina Ovsyannikova entered the Vremya program - the main information television program in Russia - and entered History.

Such events are rare, but remain in the memory of mankind.

In August 1968, eight Soviet people went to Red Square at Lobnoye Mesto and unfurled a poster "For your and our freedom!". In a way, it was easier for them. They were together. Together they conceived, prepared, and Marina Ovsyannikova acted alone. But even with her it was not an impulsive impulse, but a premeditated action. She wrote a poster (from which we can only quote the words "Don't believe the propaganda, they lie to you here") and pre-recorded a video message explaining what she was doing and why.

She knew what she was getting into - she was ruining her career and possibly ruining her husband's career. But her children will be proud of her all their lives.

(And what the children of V. Solovyov, Skabeeva, etc., etc. think about their parents is unknown.) The deed (one feels like writing "feat") Ovsyannikova is in a sense more important than the appearance of eight dissidents on Red Square.

Firstly, she is not a dissident, she did not participate in protest rallies, she did not stand in protest pickets. She is successful, prosperous, well paid. It's impossible to say something nasty about her like "oh, this is an embittered loser, she sold herself for cookies."

Secondly - and this is the most important - only a few people saw the demonstration of eight at the Lobnoye Mesto. Yes, and those were mostly cops and KGB officers in civilian clothes. Ovsyannikov was seen by millions. And what is very important - they saw it on the state channel. And what is very important - they saw it at the same time. Of course, not all, but at least half of these millions became happy people in those five seconds. All these millions - all at once - saw that they were not alone in their attitude towards a vile crime. They considered themselves renegades, almost enemies of the people, and suddenly from the screen of Channel One they were told that they were right, that their thoughts and feelings were noble and, alas, shamelessly slandered."


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