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There are growing concerns for the safety of Russian state media worker Marina Ovsyannikova, who protested the Ukrainian invasion on live television as Putin’s assault on the country continues .
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His general counsel, Anastasia Burakova, joined “Fox & Friends First” on Thursday to discuss what’s at stake and the broader sentiment in Russia regarding the war in Ukraine.
“Marina is not afraid,” Burakova told co-hosts Todd Piro and Carley Shimkus. “She wants to stay in Russia. She said she likes[s] Russia and want[s] live there… She is really [a] patriot.”
Burakova mentioned that she was interrogated for 14 hours about the move, although it is unclear who questioned her.
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“She spent more than 14 hours in a police office, so she was interrogated by different people,” Burakova explained. “We still don’t know who these people are, and we don’t know their names or positions.[s].”
Ovsyannikova went viral earlier this week after interrupting a live broadcast on Channel One Russia, holding a sign reading “Stop the war! Don’t believe the propaganda! They are lying to you here!” and “Russians Against War” in English.
Burakova suggested that most Russians support Ovsyannikova’s sentiment, but are afraid to speak out against the invasion.
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“So I saw a lot of support and social media, but sure, now the Russians [are] afraid to speak,” Burakova said.
Ovsyannikova was fined 30,000 rubles for the incident. She could also spend up to 15 years behind bars if found guilty of spreading false information about the Russian military.
Meanwhile, the United Nations estimates that more than 3.1 million Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries as Putin’s onslaught continues.