Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova who protested the invasion of Ukraine on Live TV gets a new job


Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova has a new job after she stormed the set of a live Russian news show while holding a sign that read “NO WAR’ and “You are being duped.”

Ovsyannikova said she was detained and interrogated for 14 hours after following her March 14 disruption of Russia’s state-run primetime broadcast of Channel One.

Publisher Axel Springer announced on Monday that the 43-year-old will report for Germany’s WELT as a freelance correspondent, writing for its newspaper and contributing to the outlet’s TV news coverage. She will report from Ukraine and Russia, the executive said.

Ovsyannikova said her new employer “It stands for freedom, which is what the brave people of Ukraine are so passionately fighting for.” 

The journalist was offered asylum in France, but said she plans to stay in Russia, despite facing possible imprisonment under harsh, new laws against news reporting imposed by President Vladimir Putin, who sent troops into Ukraine in February, sparking a deadly and violent march across the neighboring country.

“As a journalist, I consider it my duty to protect that freedom.” she said. “This is something I’m thrilled to be able for WELT.” 

Ulf Poschardt, editor-in-chief of the WELT Group, said the reporter “had the courage to confront Russian viewers with an unembellished view of reality … She defended the most important journalistic ethics — despite the threat of state repression,” he said. “”I am thrilled to be working alongside her.”