Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who gained worldwide attention after she interrupted a live broadcast to hold up a sign protesting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has been hired by the German media company Die Welt.

After her arrest many feared she would ‘disappear’ as many have in Russia but with so much attention the police were forced to release her and fine her instead.


“I am ashamed that I’ve allowed the lies to be said on the TV screens. I am ashamed that I let the Russian people be zombified,” Ovsyannikova said in her message.



Now news comes that Ovsyannikova has been hired as a freelance correspondent for Die Welt’s newspaper and TV channel.

Ulf Poschardt, editor in chief of Welt Group, praised Ovsyannikova’s courage in the statement announcing her hiring.

“At a crucial moment, Marina Ovsyannikova had the courage to confront Russian viewers with an unembellished view of reality,” Poschardt said. “In doing so, she defended the most important journalistic ethics — despite the threat of state repression.”

It’s not clear whether she is reporting from Russia or has moved to Germany.