A Russian opposition activist Maria Baronova has taken a job at the Kremlin-run television channel, Russia Today.
The former opposition activist was detained for her role in organizing the anti-Kremlin Bolotnaya Square protests in 2012.
Maria Baronova took the role of managing editor and would be working on a charity project for the channel.
Critics have accused RT of being a propaganda arm of the Russian state.
She said, “I like to work in projects that I’m not ashamed of to make the world around us a better place.”
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Baronova’s appointment is predictable.
Speaking to the media, the former opposition activist said her ties to the opposition had made her “toxic” for potential employers.
She said her job at Russia Today was not a moral compromise, adding, “What goes against my moral principles is when a lot of people insist long and hard that they’re good but at the same time they do evil things.”
She said, “As for people who everyone says are horrible monsters, but in fact are doing good, I take a positive view.”
Maria Baronova had recently headed the Moscow branch of the Open Russia pro-democracy movement.