Marina Ovsiannikova last Friday exposed a new sign to denounce the death of Ukrainian children, calling President Vladimir Putin a murderer
The Russian marine journalist Ovsiannikova, who became famous for showing a sign against the war in Ukraine on television during a newscast, was released after a few hours of detention and was arrested yesterday for protesting again against the invasion. “It’s okay,” the reporter said on Facebook overnight. “By now I understand that it is better to leave the house with my passport and a purse.
The reporter’s lawyer – who lost her job after the TV exploit – confirmed her release, adding that her detention was due to her suspicion that she was discrediting the Russian military.
Some images show the reporter as she is invited by agents to get on a minibus. The civil rights portal “OVD-Info” in Moscow and the Cinema for Peace organization in Germany also reported the arrest.
The woman’s lawyer, Dmitri Zakhvatov, explained that the detention could be linked to a recent new protest of the woman, dating back to Friday, near the Kremlin. This time Ovsyannikova
he displayed a placard denouncing the death of Ukrainian children, calling President Vladimir Putin a murderer.
The lawyer specified that her client was arrested while protesting before a court in Moscow, speaking against the detention of the opponent Ilya Yashin, in prison for condemning the war in Ukraine. Yashin was arrested thanks to the recent gag law that provides sentences of up to 15 years in prison for those who discredit the Russian armed forces and prohibits calling the “special military operation” in Ukraine – as defined by the Kremlin – “war” or “invasion”. So far, the lawyer Zakhvatov explained, there appears to be no criminal investigation against the journalist. But her arrest in court came a few days after she protested alone near the Kremlin with a sign criticizing Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Ukraine.