News Russia Ukraine: Russian journalist who protested war on air arrested, report says

Image source: AP Russian journalist who protested war on air detained

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  • Marina Ovsyannikova’s lawyer confirmed that she was detained
  • Ovsyannikova said she was taken to the Krasnoselsky district police station in the capital.
  • Later she said she was accused of discrediting the actions of the Russian army

News Russia Ukraine: According to media reports, a Russian journalist who interrupted a live television broadcast in March to denounce military action in Ukraine has been arrested near her home in Moscow. Her lawyer said on Sunday that Russian police had arrested Marina Ovsyannikova.

Ovsyannikova posted a message on Instagram, saying she had been taken to the Krasnoselsky district police station in the capital, Radio Free Europe reported.

Later, she wrote that she was accused of discrediting the actions of the Russian military because of an interview she gave near the Basmanny court in Moscow in support of opposition politician Ilya Yashin. , who is being held in pre-trial detention for allegedly spreading false information about the Russian military, according to the outlet.

However, no official statement has been made so far.

In March, Ovsyannikova marched on the set of a Russian state television live broadcast to protest against Moscow’s military operations in Ukraine.

During the news program “Vremya” on the main Russian television channel, Ovsyannikova, an employee of Channel One, rushed in front of the camera with a poster saying “Stop the war, do not believe the propaganda” .

Russia Ukraine war

On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine after the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk asked for help to defend themselves.

The military operation in Ukraine has resulted in a large-scale humanitarian situation.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sacked the head of the country’s intelligence and internal security agency and its attorney general.

Zelenskyy, in a video address posted on Telegram, said he fired security chief Ivan Bakanov, a childhood friend who ran his presidential campaign, and prosecutor general Iryna Venediktova, a close ally who was his foreign affairs adviser during his presidential run, after losing confidence in their abilities to run their offices.

Zelenskyy also said he fired senior officials because many cases had come to light of members of their agencies collaborating with Russia, according to Al Jazeera.

(With ANI entries)

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