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INSIDE LABOUR | Ukraine war could lift fog of lies that has confused SA's unions for years

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Working people are major victims in Ukraine, and the local labour movement should support its counterparts abroad despite the SA government's flip-flopping, writes Terry Bell

A worker hero emerged on TV channels around the world this week: Marina Ovsyannikova of Russian state television’s Channel One. She was the person who moved in behind the newsreader during a prime time TV show with a hand printed sign, NO WAR and, in Russian: "Stop the war. Don’t believe propaganda. They are lying to you here."

The TV channel quickly switched to a pre-recorded segment and, according to Russian human rights lawyers, Marina was arrested. She faces 15 years in prison merely for calling President Vladimir Putin’s "special operation" in Ukraine a war.

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