By Alex Glenn • 22 March 2022 • 9:06
Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova bravely stood up and called for President Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine to be stopped. On Russian state TV, she held a banner saying “stop the war.” A Russian TV boss has now accused her of being a spy.
Marina, 43, stood up and delivered her message to the world despite the real risk of being punished severely. Her message went out on national Russian television and went viral across social media. Her message was shared across the world.
The Russian journalist so far seems to have escaped severe punishment. She is said to have been fined only £200 for her media protest. It is possible that further punishment could be heading her way after accusations were raised by a Russian TV director.
The deputy general director of Channel One Kirill Kleymenov has accused Marina of betraying her country. He claims she colluded with the British and is a traitor.
According to The Mirror Kleymenov “suggested she had consorted with British diplomats before she made her brave stand on television.”
Kleymenov commented: “Prior to [going on air with her anti-war poster], according to our information, Marina Ovsyannikova spoke with the British embassy.”
Kleymenov added: “Emotional impulse is one thing.
“But betrayal is something else.”
He has accused her of betraying Russia and said she: “betrays coldly, prudently, for a firmly agreed [financial] bonus – by the way, so as not to lose her previous one.
“The woman with the poster timed the action exactly to receive her next salary payment – so betrayal is always one’s personal choice.”
He added: “It is necessary to call things by their proper names.
“Otherwise, if the famous action for 30 pieces of silver coins were called an impulse of the soul, the history of the world would be different.
“Just in case, I wish everyone good health.
“To all without exception. Even traitors. They have to continue to live with this burden.”
So far no evidence had been provided by the Russian TV boss to back up his claims.
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