Months after she interrupted a live television broadcast to protest against Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine, a Russian journalist named Marina Ovsyannikova was arrested by the country’s police on Sunday. According to AFP, her arrest came just days after Ovsyannikova demonstrated alone near the Kremlin with a sign criticizing Russia’s presence in Ukraine and President Vladimir Putin. The journalist was out for a walk with her dogs when she was abruptly accosted by people in uniform, Reuters reports. Her arrest was announced on her Telegram channel, along with photographs of two police officers leading her to a white van.
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“Marina has been detained,” the post said, adding, “There is no information on her whereabouts.”
The Ria-Novosti news agency received confirmation of her detention from her lawyer, Dmitry Zakhvatov, who said he did not know where Ovsyannikova was.
He said: “I guess it’s related in some way to his act of protest.”
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Shortly after the arrest, according to Reuters, Marina posted a photo of herself and her two dogs on her Facebook page.
“Went for a walk with the dogs, just walked out the door, people in uniforms approached me,” she wrote. Referring to a Moscow district police station, she added: “Now I sit in the Krasnoselsky Interior Ministry.”
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She was released three hours later.
“I’m home. Everything is fine,” she posted on Facebook, adding “but now I know it’s always best to bring a suitcase and a passport if you go out.”
(With agency contributions)
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