Marina Ovsyannikova Resigns and Rejects Asylum Offer (Photos)

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Marina Ovsyannikova as been fined 30,000 roubles ($290)
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Marina Ovsyannikova Resigns and Rejects Asylum Offer (Photos)

 

Marina Ovsyannikova as been fined 30,000 roubles ($290)

 

Marina Ovsyannikova claims she has turned down an asylum offer in France despite the possibility of further prosecution.

Marina Ovsyannikova, the editor of Russia’s Channel One, has quit her job but refused to accept an asylum offer in France after publicly contradicting the Kremlin’s narrative of the Ukraine war on live television.

Ovsyannikova was detained and quickly fined 30,000 roubles ($290) after barging onto the set of Vremya (Timemain )’s evening news on Monday, clutching a sign that said “No War” and “They are lying to you here.”

 

The editor told France 24 that she had “submitted in all the documentation” for her departure from Channel One. “It’s a legal process,” she explained.

 

Ovsyannikova, who has two young children, said she had “broken the life of our family with this gesture”, with her son in particular showing anxiety.

 

“But we need to put an end to this fratricidal war so this madness does not turn into nuclear war. I hope when my son is older he will understand why I did this,” she said.

 

She added some of her colleagues had resigned but many were unable to do so due to economic concerns.

 

She added some of her colleagues had resigned but many were unable to do so due to economic concerns.

 

“I am happy that people handed in their notice, but the economic situation is very hard and people find it very hard to stop their work,” she said.

Marina Ovsyannikova holds up a sign that reads “NO WAR. Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They are lying to you here.” [Channel One/Reuters]

In a separate interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel, Ovsyannikova said she would not take up an asylum offer put forward by France’s President Emmanuel Macron and would stay in Russia.

“I don’t want to leave our country. I am a patriot, my son is even more so. We don’t want to leave in any way, we don’t want to go anywhere,” she said.

 

Despite having been freed, she could face further prosecution, risking years in prison under draconian new laws approved on March 4 that limit freedom of speech about the war in Ukraine.

 

Press freedom activists outside Russia accuse state television of painting a severely distorted picture of the war in a bid to maintain support for what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation”.

 

Ovsyannikova told the German daily that most of her colleagues were aware of their role in spreading misinformation.

 

“They know only too well that they are doing something wrong,” she said.

 

State television, the main source of news for many Russians, closely follows the Kremlin line that Russia was forced to act in Ukraine to demilitarise and “denazify” the country, and to defend Russian speakers there against “genocide”.

 

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has expressed gratitude “to those who fight disinformation and tell the truth”.

 

“And personally to the woman who entered the studio of Channel One with a poster against the war,” Zelenskyy said.

 

Source: Aljazeera News

 

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