Marina Ovsyannikova (Russian state TV journalist) has had a difficult couple of months. She walked onto an evening newscast in March with a banner against Ukraine’s actions and told the millions that state TV was lying.
She doesn’t have a job and lives off the proceeds from the sale of her car. Her ex-husband works for the Kremlin’s English language channel Russia Today.
It’s an attack on all sides.
She says that Putin’s mother supports him, and that her son was brainwashed by his father.
“I am also being trolled by the opposition. They call me a former propagandist. They also accuse me of being a former propagandist, as they believe in conspiracy theories and fake news.
“They believe the broadcast was not live, and that I work for the FSB.”
The FSB theory that Marina is working for Russia’s secret services has a life on social media in both Russian and Ukrainian.
She continues to protest Russia’s actions Ukraine. However, she has managed to escape relatively unscathed with only administrative fines.
Despite her two-weeks-old protest outside the Kremlin, holding a banner calling Vladimir Putin a criminal, she has not been charged with any repercussions. Others are not so lucky.
It’s a complete fabrication! How is it possible for me to be an agent? They are trying to discredit my position from all sides.
“It’s good that the Kremlin spreads all kinds of conspiracy theories to make people doubt me. This is the main point: I am a fake and people shouldn’t believe that.
Ovsyannikova fled to Germany after her state TV appearance. Ovsyannikova was offered a job at the German daily Die Welt, but she turned it down. She returned to Russia after her husband filed for custody of their children.
“My daughter kept calling me asking when Mummy would be back. “I want to see you,”. My husband, who works for the Kremlin was turning me against him. I realized that I was losing contact with them, and if they didn’t return I would lose my children.
“Besides, every voice that protests against the war in Russia from within is stronger than one who protests from abroad.”
She claims that her decision to remain with state television for so long was motivated by the need to care for two children after a difficult divorce.
She hoped, however, that other former colleagues would follow her lead and leave.
“After seeing what happened, most of them realized that they would be enemies to all and that is why, although they don’t want to raise moral issues or stick their heads up, they do not like to question the truth.
“They are just sitting there quietly, working for the money.”
They don’t like her. She is hostile when she leaves the courtroom.
“What is it like to betray your motherland?”
Ovsyannikova is a lonely woman. It’s the cross that she must bear and she insists she doesn’t regret it.
“I am holding on because I know I am right. I am a strong person and will not give up.