At around 9:31 p.m. Moscow time, an anti-war protester holding a placard interrupted one of Russia’s state-run television’s main news broadcasts.
“NO WAR. Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda they tell you is lying here,” the sign reads.
“Russians against the war”, says the last line of the sign in English.
See the moment:
What we know about the protester: The woman holding the sign is an employee of the channel, reports Russian media OVD-Info. On its Telegram channel, OVD-Info reported that the employee is Maria Ovsyannikova. Friends of Ovsyannikova told OVD-Info that she is currently in the Ostankino police department in Moscow.
CNN cannot independently verify that the woman seen interrupting the news program is Ovsyannikova, but photos on social media profiles bearing her name match the woman seen onscreen.
Russian state news agency TASS confirmed OVD-Info’s reports, citing a source, and added that she could face prosecution.
OVD-Info also obtained a video allegedly made by Ovsyannikova before she interrupted the newscast.
“What is happening in Ukraine now is a crime, and Russia is the aggressor country, and the responsibility for this aggression rests on the conscience of one person. That man is Vladimir Putin,” Ovsyannikova says in the video, noting that her father is Ukrainian and her mother is Russian.
“Unfortunately, for the past few years I’ve worked on Channel One and done propaganda in the Kremlin, and now I’m really ashamed of it,” she says. “It’s a shame that I allowed lies to be told on TV screens, shame that I allowed the Russian people to be zombified.”
“I’m ashamed that we kept quiet in 2014 when all of this was just beginning,” she says. “We didn’t go to rallies when the Kremlin poisoned Navalny, we just silently observed this anti-human regime and now the world has turned its back on us forever, and ten more generations of our descendants won’t be able to stand together. wash away the shame of this fraternal war.
“We are Russians, thoughtful and intelligent, and it’s only in our power to stop all this madness,” she says. “Go to the rallies and don’t be afraid! They can’t transplant us all!”
Videos of the interruption were quickly posted on social media shortly after it aired. CNN obtained the video from a live stream of Russia Channel One VK profile.
Within minutes, that live stream was deleted.