The liberal opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta made the entire front page on Wednesday to pay tribute to Marina Ovsyannikova for her anti-war protest during the news on Russian state television. The newspaper printed the photo of Ovshannikova with the placard she held in front of the camera, standing behind the newscaster, as large as possible.
The word ‘war’, which appears three times in the text, had been defaced. It is currently forbidden in Russia to speak of war, invasion or invasion when it comes to the situation in Ukraine. This can lead to fines or imprisonment.
On Telegram, Novaja Gazeta complained that many newsstands refused to sell Wednesday’s edition. Journalists therefore called on readers to personally collect a newspaper from the editorial office, which is headed by Dmitri Muratov, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Ovsyannikova has already been fined 30,000 rubles (260 euros), but may also be prosecuted for her TV appearance. State news agency TASS reported that an investigation has been launched into the alleged spreading of lies about the Russian army. Under a new law, that offense can be punished with a maximum of 15 years in prison.