Russian police raid House of State TV protester Ovsyannikova


Russian police raided the home of Marina Ovsyannikova, the former Russian state TV producer who protested the war in Ukraine during a live newscast, the reporter said Wednesday.

“At 6 a.m., while I was still sleeping, dozens of investigators and police officers burst into my home. They showed an order for the raid,” Ovsyannikova said on the Telegram messaging app.

“They scared my little girl. Now I am being taken to the investigation committee,” she added.

Ovsyannikova, 44, rose to prominence in Russia and abroad in March after she organized an anti-war picket during a prime-time news program on Russia’s Channel One, where she was then a producer.

Wednesday’s raids were linked to a criminal case involving the distribution of “forgeries” on the Russian armed forces, a criminal charge that carries up to 15 years in prison.

The case was opened on Ovsyannikova’s solo demonstration near the Kremlin in July where she held a poster saying ‘How many more children must die [in Ukraine] before stopping?

Dmitry Zakhvatov, a lawyer with the human rights watchdog OVD-Info who represents Ovsyannikova, said the police started searching his home before his legal representative arrived.

Ovsyannikova has already been fined twice for her actions against the war.

In July, the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow order to pay 50,000 rubles ($816) for “discrediting” the Russian armed forces in an interview she gave during a trial against opposition politician Ilya Yashin.


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