(Slay News) – An employee at Channel One Russia, the leading news network in the country, crashed a live television show to heckle Vladimir Putin and protest the war. She later released a taped message denouncing Putin and his war.

She ran on the screen with a sign reading ‘No war” and she yelled in Russian “No to war, stop the war.” The brave woman is Maria Ovsyanikova, an editor for the station. She was detained by police and can expect the worst after Russia passed new laws cracking down on dissent from the media.

Her sign in Russian said: “Stop the war! Don’t believe propaganda! They’re lying to you here.” And “Russians against war” written in English. The broadcast immediately cut away but not fast enough.

The anchor, Ekaterina Andreeva, is a very well-respected figure in Russian media.

Ovsyanikova filmed a video before her protest that her friends released on social media. She said:

“What is currently happening in Ukraine is a crime. Russia is a country-aggressor.”

“All responsibility for this aggression lies on the conscience of one person: Vladimir Putin.

“My father is Ukrainian, my mother is Russian. They were never enemies.

“This necklace around my neck signifies that Russia should immediately stop this fratricidal war and our brotherly nations can make peace with each other.

“Unfortunately, for the last several years I worked at Channel One, promoting Kremlin propaganda and for that I am very ashamed right now.

“I am ashamed that I allowed lies to be told from TV screens, that I allowed Russian people to be zombified.

“We stayed quiet when all of this was just getting started in 2014.

“We didn’t come out to protest when the Kremlin poisoned Navalny.

“We continued to quietly watch this inhumane regime.

“Now the whole world turned away from us.

“Ten generations of our descendants won’t be able to wash away the shame of this fratricidal war.”

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