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Where is Russian TV producer Marina Ovsyannikova?

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There are fears for the safety of a Russian television news producer who ambushed a live bulletin protesting against the war in Ukraine

Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor and producer at a Russian television network, ambushed a live news bulletin on Monday, with a sign protesting against the war in neighbouring Ukraine.

Under new laws in Russia, it is illegal to protest against the War in Ukraine, and those who denounce the Kremlin face 15 years in prison.

The Russian Government continues to spread propaganda in its own country, stating that the war in Ukraine is a “special military operation” – and must be referred to that way.

Social media has labelled the journalist as “brave and courageous” – but there are now growing concerns for her safety following her arrest at the news station in which she works for.

Ovsyannikova is a producer at a Russian TV network.

Ovsyannikova, is an editor at Channel One Russia. Before crashing into the studio and going live on air, she recorded a video message in which she condemned the war in Ukraine.

She said that she was ashamed to work for a news network that has been forced by Vladimir Putin and his government to spread propaganda throughout Russia, and lying about the truth.

She says her father is Ukrainian and her mother is Russian, and “they have never been enemies”

The producer stated her work lately has been nothing but spreading propaganda at the request of the Kremlin, and as a result it had left her “ashamed.”

“Ashamed that I lied on TV, ashamed that I allowed the brainwashing of Russian people”

She said in a statement.

Ovsyannikova urged all in Russia to attend protests and shine a light on Putin’s aggressive behaviour in Ukraine.

The scene during the producer’s arrest

The scene in Moscow outside the television station where police had been initially holding and presumably interrogating Marina Ovsyannikova was dark, cold and gloomy according to journalists in Moscow.

Ticker NEWS understands that Ovsyannikova has now been taken to a police station and is facing serious charges.

Human rights lawyers along with people on social media however are fearful of her safety above all else, many stating that she may be facing brutal torture as punishment for embarrassing the Kremlin on live television.

Ovsyannikova has not been seen since her arrest.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Chinese spacecraft captures rare images of Mars

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A Chinese spacecraft has captured images of Mars circling around the planet over 13 hundred times

The crewless shuttle reached the Red Planet early last year… deploying a robotic rover.

Some of the photos captured the south pole… a first for China.

The area is known for its large water reserve… hidden under the south pole ice, which was detected by the European Space Agency’s orbiting probe.

Water is a key element in determining whether a planet has the potential for life.

Other images include a 4,000 kilometre long canyon and impact craters in the north of Mars.

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Woody Allen considers retiring from film-making

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Film-maker Woody Allen is not ruling out that his next movie may be his last

The 86-year-old director and comedian held an Instagram Live interview with Alec Baldwin.

He says the filming will begin on his next film in the coming months, but he admits that most of the thrill that goes into film-making has gone.

He says there was excitement when he was seeing his films played on the big screen. But says people streaming at home has changed his passion.

Allen hasn’t stayed away from the headlines including a fall from grace when his adopted daughter accused him of sexually abusing her as a child.

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Disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in prison

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Disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping Jefferey Epstein abuse young girls

The 60-year-old was convicted back in December for her part in both recruiting and trafficking four girls, who were then abused by Epstein.

Epstein killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell back in 20-19 while awaiting his own sex trafficking trial.

One of Maxwell’s accusers spoke outside the New York court, saying Maxwell should should die in prison.

When handing down Maxwell’s sentence, the judge said the former socialite’s actions were both heinous and predatory.

She says Maxwell worked with Epstein to select young victims who were vulnerable, playing a pivotal role in facilitating sexual abuse.

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It was one of the highest-profile cases in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which encouraged women to speak out about sexual abuse, often at the hands of wealthy and powerful people.

In often emotional and explicit testimony during the trial, four women testified that Maxwell was a central figure in their abuse by Epstein.

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