Marina Ovsyannikova – Who is she and what happened to the Russian?

Maria Ovsyannikova the Russian journalist

Marina Ovsyannikova is the Russian journalist famous for hijacking a live news broadcast to protest Russia’s war against Ukraine. She was born in Odesa on the 19th of June, 1978, to a Ukrainian father and a Russian mother. Her father was a businessman, while her mother was a homemaker. She grew up practicing Christianity in a middle-class family based in southern Russia but moved to Moscow after getting married. After graduating from Kuban State University, she later joined the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Her maiden name was Marina Tkachuk.

Marina Ovsyannikova takes great pride in being a mother of two, a son and a daughter. She is also affectionate towards her two pets, loving golden retrievers. There is not much information about her parents, siblings, and children on the internet because she is a private personality. Check out her full wiki and details of her protest, along with what happened to her afterwards below.

Marina Ovsyannikova Wiki

Real Name Marina Ovsyannikova (Мари́на Овся́нникова)
Birth Name Marina Tkachuk (Ткачу́к)
Nickname Marina
Profession Journalist, editor and swimmer
Famous For Protesting against the Russian war in Ukraine

Personal Life

Date of Birth/Birthday 19 June 1978
Age [calculate_years datestring=”06/19/1978″] Years Old
Birthplace Russia
Hometown Moscow, Russia
Nationality Russian
Religion Christian
Zodiac Sign/Star Sign Gemini
Debut 2000

Height, Weight & Physical Stats

Height in Feet-Inches – 5’ 6” in meters – 1.67 m in centimeters – 167 cm
Weight (approx.) in Kilograms – 58 kg in Pounds – 128 lbs
Eye Color Hazel
Hair Color Blonde
Shoe Size 6 (US)

Family Members And Relatives

Father Ukrainian descent and Businessman
Mother Russian Homemaker
Brother Unknown
Sister Unknown
Husband/Spouse Igor Ovsyannikov
Children Arina (Daughter) and a son

Boyfriends & Marital Status

Marina is married to a television director named Igor Ovsyannikov. They are currently living in New Moscow and have two lovely children together. Very little is publicly known about her early dating history and love life.

Marital Status Married
Affairs/Boyfriends Igor Ovsyannikov
Current Relationship Status Married

Education, School & College

College/ University Kuban State University – Kubsu

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Money Factor

Marina Ovsyannikova received a substantial package from her job as a journalist and news broadcaster. She also makes quite an earning from working as a television show producer. Marina Ovsyannikova’s net worth is approximately $1 to $2 million.

Net Worth $2,000,000

Marina Ovsyannikova’s War Protest

Marina Ovsyannikova was an editor at the state-run television station Channel One. While a news anchor was presenting live on tv, Marina walked onset and stood behind the anchor and, in clear view of the cameras, held up a large sign which she had written a statement on using a marker pen.

The English translation of her banner that had been written in her native Russian said –

“Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you.”

Marina also pre-recorded a video which we have provided below with English subtitles.

Maria Ovsyannikova protesting the war

What Happened To Marina Ovsyannikova?

Within a few seconds of Marina Ovsyannikova walking live on set with the banner, the television station cut to an unrelated video in an attempt to censor her protest.

She was promptly removed from the stage and held until Russian police arrived. Marina was then taken into custody and charged with unlawful protest.

Marina later faced court and was fined 30,000 rubles, which in the current state of the Russian economy, is equivalent to US$285. It was feared by her lawyers that she would be prosecuted under the new Russian criminal law that could have seen her imprisoned for up to 15 years.

Although Marina avoided prison and can easily afford the fine, she no longer has a position at Channel One, and her prospects of finding employment are low, given the Kremlin will look unfavorably at any company that employs her.

Despite being released from custody, it is also not an exaggeration to say her life is potentially at risk. The Russian state has a history of silently and sometimes not so silently punishing dissenters.

Marina, for now, however, has stated she has no plans of leaving Russia.

Several fake Twitter accounts have since been opened in her name but the company has been quick to suspend them.

Her personal Facebook account has been flooded with comments, mostly supportive.

Her Instagram account has been made private.

Maria Ovsyannikova photographed outside court

Translated Protest Video

“What is happening in Ukraine is a crime. Russia is an aggressor country and the responsibility for this aggression rests on the conscience of only one person. That person is Vladimir Putin.

My father is Ukrainian, my mother is Russian, and they’ve never been enemies. This necklace I’m wearing is a symbol of that fact that Russia must immediately end this fratricidal war and our fraternal peoples will still be able to reconcile.

Unfortunately, I’ve spent the last few years working for Kremlin propaganda, and I’m very ashamed of this. Ashamed that I allowed lies to be broadcast from TV screens. Ashamed that I allowed others to zombify Russian people.

We were silent in 2014 when all this started. We didn’t protest when the Kremlin poisoned Navalny.

We just silently watched this inhuman regime at work.

And now the whole world has turned its back on us.

And the next 10 generations won’t wash away the stain of this fratricidal war. We Russians are thinking and intelligent people. It’s in our power alone to stop all this madness. Go protest. Don’t be afraid of anything.

They can’t lock us all away.”

Who Is She?

Marina Ovsyannikova started her journalist career in 1997 when she took up a job with Kuban TV channel. She was a part of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK). In the 2000s, she moved to New Moscow, and this is how she started working for Channel One Russia as their evening news presenter, Vremya.

Prior to the war, Marina had taken up a new role as a TV producer and had made appearances in numerous interviews and television shows.

Marina Ovsyannikova has become very popular recently, owning to her Anti-War stance amidst the Russian invasion of Ukraine. She declared her strong opinions about Russian wrongdoings on National television by carrying a poster behind the news anchor, Ekaterina Andreeva. The flyer appealed to the Russian forces to stop the war, and it exactly translates into:

“No War
Stop the war, don’t believe the propaganda, here you are being lied to.
Russians against war”

She was also chanting:
Stop the war! No war!

Marina strongly advocated for Ukrainian rights. She got arrested in March 2022 following her protest on National television. Her antiwar gesture created an uproar, both for the channel and herself. Moreover, her lawyer was not informed about her detention, making the act illegal. There were speculations that there was a chance that she may get imprisonment for up to 15 years.

We believe that not many people are aware of this that Marina Ovsyannikova initially supported Putin. However, war reporting brought painful memories for her from when she firsthand experienced war in Chechnya during her childhood days. Marina started despising the Russian invasion so much that she even considered being a part of protests near the Kremlin.

Marina Ovsyannikova’s act of standing up against her native country was courageous. Therefore, it was acknowledged and appreciated worldwide. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Oleksandrovych expressed immense gratitude towards her act of voicing for the righteous thing.

Marina has been a part of many interviews and television shows. In 2002, she appeared in an interview for the news site.

According to Marina, she is fond of open water swimming and calls herself an expert in swimming. Marina is also into fitness, as working out and running are two of her favorite hobbies. She mostly spends her time learning English now.

She enjoys traveling and socializing with her friends. Spending quality time with kids and pets is her topmost priority. In addition to that, Marina is slipping into the social media shoe quite effortlessly. We can anticipate this may take much of her time nowadays.

Interesting Facts

  • According to IMDb, Marina Ovsyannikov was part of the movie Assassins run. She worked on the stunts and special effects for the film.
  • She has swum across Volga and Bosporus.
  • She is a dog mom to two Golden retriever dogs.
  • Marina is a pro at swimming.
  • She gained an international appreciation for her Antiwar stance.
  • She has been working for the Russian main evening newscast Vremya since the early 2000s.


Maria Ovsyannikova looking hot in a dress

Maria Ovsyannikova arrested and in court

Maria Ovsyannikova plane selfie

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