Russian Woman Arrested and Fined Following TV Protest

Russian police detained and later released the journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who in March interrupted a live television broadcast to denounce the military action in Ukraine, posts on her social media channels showed.

Russian police detained and later released the journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who in March interrupted a live television broadcast to denounce the military action in Ukraine, posts on her social media channels showed.

“Went for a walk with the dogs, just stepped outside the gate, people in uniform approached me,” she wrote.

Her lawyer, Dmitri Zakhvatov, earlier confirmed her arrest to the Ria-Novosti news agency, saying: “I assume that it is linked one way or another to her act of protest.”

In March, Ovsyannikova, an editor at Channel One television, barged on to the set of its flagship Vremya (Time) evening news program holding a poster reading “No war” in English. Pictures of her interrupting the broadcast went around the world.

Ovsyannikova was quickly arrested and is the subject of “a pre-investigation check,” according to state-run Tass media. Her whereabouts were in question after her arrest, but she later appeared in a district court, sitting next to her lawyer, according to human rights attorney Sergei Badamshin’s Telegram channel.

In court, Ovsyannikova was still wearing the blue, yellow, red and white necklace that she previously said represented her hope that the countries could coexist peacefully.

“And the responsibility for this crime lies only on the conscience of one person, and that person is Vladimir Putin,” she said as She urged more people to protest the invasion.

After her arrest, Ovsyannikova was charged with “petty hooliganism” and she faces up to 15 days in jail or a fine of up to 30,000 rubles (about $500).

This is just the latest example of the Russian government’s crackdown on free speech and dissent. In recent months, we’ve seen a number of journalists and activists arrested or detained for speaking out against the government.

Opposition activist says Russia’s crackdown on free speech and dissent is designed to intimidate people

Leonid Volkov, an opposition activist and friend of Ovsyannikova, said her arrest was designed to intimidate people.

“The Kremlin’s goal is to show that if even a well-known journalist like Marina can be detained and fined, then no one is safe,” he said.

But Ovsyannikova’s supporters say her arrest will only make her more popular.

“The Kremlin is trying to scare people, but it’s only going to backfire,” said one of her fans on social media. “Marina is a hero.”

Ovsyannikova’s case is still ongoing, and it’s not clear yet what the outcome will be. But her arrest has once again shone a spotlight on the Russian government’s crackdown on free speech and dissent.

Government denies allegations, says protests are illegal

The Russian government has denied allegations of a crackdown on free speech and dissent, saying that all protests must be approved in advance and that anyone who breaks the law will be punished.

“There is no crackdown on free speech or dissent in Russia,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “All protests must be approved in advance, and those who break the law will be punished.”

Peskov also said that the Russian government “respects the right to free speech and freedom of assembly,” but that “these rights must be exercised within the framework of the law.”

Human rights groups express concern over increasing censorship in Russia

Human rights groups have expressed concern over what they see as an increasing trend of censorship in Russia.

“We are seeing an increase in the number of cases of people being arrested or detained for speaking out against the government,” said Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch. “This is a worrying trend.”

Lokshina said that the Russian government was “using the pretext of fighting ‘extremism’ to silence dissent and stifle critical voices.”

“This is having a chilling effect on freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in Russia,” she said.