The Russian Marina Ovshannikova (44) became world famous exactly one year ago with her protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. She held up a sign reading “No war” live during a news broadcast.
In her book ‘No war’, which was recently released, she describes how her life has changed since then and talks about it in an interview.
“When I saw the tanks advancing towards Kyiv on TV, I couldn’t eat or sleep. So I wanted to say,” Marina Ovsjannikova explains her action in a conversation with the Dutch press following her book presentation.
The Russian with Ukrainian blood herself worked for 20 years for the news program Vremya on the Russian state channel but broke with the “propaganda factory”, which the channel has changed into in recent years. During a news broadcast, she appeared on screen with a white poster that read: “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They lie to you here.” She was arrested and interrogated extensively by the police but was not immediately given a prison sentence. She later fled the country with her 11-year-old daughter Arina. They now reside in Paris.
It is not incomprehensible that she was not put in prison, according to Ovshannikova. “Then I would get hero status.” To avoid that, the Russian government took a different tack. ” I was a spy for the United Kingdom, and another strong story emerged. Moscow did everything it could to sow discord.”