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Russian TV protester Ovsyannikova becomes wanted fugitive

Robert Besser
07 Oct 2022, 11:28 GMT+10

MOSCOW, Russia: After her on-air protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova has been placed on Moscow's wanted list.

Her ex-husband reported that Ovsyannikova, 44, had escaped after being sentenced to two months' house arrest in August.

If found guilty of spreading false news about the Russian armed forces, she could face up to 10 years in prison. Her home detention was to end on 9th October.

However, the state-run news outlet Russia Today reported that she had fled, along with her daughter, and that her whereabouts were unknown.

In a statement, her former husband said, "Last night, my ex-wife left the place that the court assigned her for house arrest and, together with my 11-year-old daughter, fled in an unknown direction."

Since fleeing, her name and photograph could be seen on the interior ministry's online list of fugitives from justice, but her current whereabouts are unknown.

Ukrainian-born Ovsyannikova came to international prominence in March by walking out in front of studio cameras with a placard that read "Stop the war" and "They are lying to you," during an evening news broadcast on Channel One.

She has already been fined for two previous protests against the invasion of Ukraine.

On 4th March, Russia passed new laws against discrediting or distributing "deliberately false information" about the country's armed forces.

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