A Russian TV worker who protested the war live was briefly detained

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Marina Ovsyannikova, a Channel One employee who staged a live protest as she held an anti-war placard behind a studio presenter, speaks to the media as she leaves the court building in Moscow, Russia , March 15, 2022 on this still image taken from a video. REUTERS TV via REUTERS/File Photo

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July 17 (Reuters) – Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who staged a protest against the invasion of Ukraine on live state television in March, was briefly detained in Moscow on Sunday, according to posts on her social media.

“Marina has been arrested,” said a message on her Telegram channel, under images of two police officers leading her to a white van.

Soon after, Ovsyannikova posted images of herself and two dogs on her Facebook page.

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“Went for a walk with the dogs, just walked out the door, people in uniforms approached me,” she wrote. “Now I sit in the Interior Ministry of Krasnoselsky,” referring to a police station in a Moscow neighborhood.

Three hours later, Ovsyannikova said she had been released. “I’m home. Everything is fine,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “But now I know it’s always best to bring a suitcase and a passport if you go out.”

Ovsyannikova rose to fame in March after she burst into a studio of Russian state television, her employer at the time, to speak out against the war in Ukraine during a live newscast. Read more

She was fined after being found guilty of flouting protest laws. Read more

Her brief detention on Sunday followed July 15 social media posts in which she is seen with a poster calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a murderer and his soldiers fascists. “How many more children have to die before you stop?” said the poster.

German news outlet Welt hired Ovsyannikova as a correspondent in April. She returned to Russia earlier this month, writing on Facebook that she had been forced to return to defend her parental rights in court against her husband.

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Reporting by Elaine Monaghan in Bloomington, Indiana; Edition by Lincoln Feast.

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