August 14, 2022

The Price of Dissent


The Price of Dissent
Marina Ovsyannikova Wikimedia Commons, Marina Ovsyannikova.

On August 10, the Moscow home of Marina Ovsyannikova, a former journalist for the Russia1 TV news, was raided by police.

Authorities broke into her home in connection with recent accusations of “public dissemination of knowingly false information” about the Russian Armed Forces. Marina is currently imprisoned and awaiting trial on these charges. She has already been fined twice for speaking out against the war in Ukraine.

Ovsyannikova, formerly a news editor for state-funded Rossiya1, was one of the first public figures to voice criticism of the war. On March 14, she burst into a live recording holding a sign reading "No to War!" and warning viewers, "Don't believe the propaganda!"

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