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The journalist who had made the headlines of the international media by defying the Russian authorities in the middle of the television news will act as a correspondent for the company that owns Die Weltone of Germany’s leading daily newspapers, and as a contributor to its television news network.

It will cover in particular Ukraine and Russia, the media said.

World: freedom”,”text”:”defends what is so vehemently defended by the brave people on the ground in Ukraine right now: freedom”}}’>defends what is so vehemently defended by the brave people on the ground in Ukraine right now: freedomsaid Ms. Ovsyannikova, quoted by several media.

I consider it my duty as a journalist to defend this freedom. And I’m glad I can do it now for Weltshe adds, while the Kremlin has radically tightened the grip on information.

My life is divided into a before and an after. Moral principles eventually took precedence over well-being, peace of mind, and a well-ordered life. The war in Ukraine was the point of no return and the moment when it was no longer possible to be silent. »

A quote from Translation of the beginning of Marina Ovsyannikova’s first text published on Welt’s website

In a statement, Welt Group editor Ulf Porschardt said excited to work with herconsidering that she haddespite the threat of state repression”,”text”:”defended the most important journalistic ethics – despite the threat of state repression”}}”>defended the most important journalistic ethics – despite the threat of state repression Russian.

The head of the Duma evokes the forfeiture of Russian nationality

The president of the lower house of the Russian Parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, denounced the hiring of Marina Ovsyannikova by a Western daily.

Now she will work for a NATO country, justify arms deliveries to Ukrainian neo-Nazis, sending foreign mercenaries to fight our soldiers and defend sanctions against Russiahe said on the encrypted online chat platform Telegram.

He cited it as an example by proposing to revoke their nationality traitors opposed to the offensive in Ukraine.

The vast majority of our fellow citizens support the special military operation in Ukraine, they understand its necessity for the security of our country and our nation. But there are also those who behave cowardly, treacherously. »

A quote from Vyacheslav Volodin, Speaker of the Lower House of the Russian Parliament

Alas, for such [individus], there is no procedure for forfeiture of citizenship and prohibition to enter our country. But maybe it would be nicecontinued the head of the Duma.

The Russian authorities have silenced the independent media, intensifying the repression in recent weeks, for example by adopting a law repressing, according to the Kremlin’s claims, any false information on the Russian army.

The law, which inter alia forbids calling the Russian invasion a warprovides for penalties of up to 15 years in prison for the dissemination ofmisleading information.

Russian authorities have also banned Facebook and Instagram in addition to restricting access to Twitter and cracking down on anti-war protests.

According to the organization OVD-Info, which tracks political arrests and provides legal aid to detainees in Russia, more than 15,400 anti-war protesters, as of April 11, have been detained since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, on February 24.

Even Russians armed with a single white sheet have been arrested.

A flash

In mid-March, Maria Ovsyannikova, then producer of Pervy Kanal, Russia’s most powerful television channel, used the main so-called news program, broadcast live at prime time, to express her opposition to the war, emerging behind the presenter with a sign saying: Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They lie to you here.

A woman, appearing on a television set, holds a sign saying: “No to war.  Don't believe the propaganda.  You are being lied to here,” behind a newsreader.

Choosing prime time, Marina Ovsyannikova spoke her message last month in front of millions of Russians.

Photo: Twitter/@Kira_Yarmysh

Before her stunt, the 43-year-old woman, born to a Ukrainian father and a Russian mother, had recorded a video in which she said she regretted having conveyed Kremlin propaganda and thus having allowed the Russian people to be ”zombified”. In this video, published by OVD-Info, she also called on Russians to stand up against the war.

Quickly arrested for her action and interrogated for several hours, she was found guilty of having committed a administrative offense and ordered to pay a fine of 30,000 rubles (just under CA$350).

In addition to this lenient sentence, she still faces criminal prosecution punishable by heavy prison sentences, under the new law prohibiting any false information on the Russian army.

In an interview with Reuters last month, Ms. Ovsyannikova said she had no intention of leaving her country, although she admitted she was worried about her safety. She said she hoped that her gesture would open the eyes of the Russians to the propaganda of power.

Three weeks ago, a Russian journalist from a major television channel who was stationed abroad also denounced the war in Ukraine and the Kremlin’s propaganda. During a press conference organized by the journalists’ defense organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in Paris, Zhanna Agalakova, who resigned from her post, also deplored that her fellow citizens were zombified.

The climate which reigns in Russia seems increasingly hostile to any voice which rises up against the military offensive, and the denunciation of the citizens towards the opponents to the war is added to the censorship of the authorities.

This weekend, the New York Times reported cases of denunciation, in particular against female teachers, presumably denounced by their teenage students.

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