Russian woman behind on-air war protest reportedly escapes house arrest | Russia

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Russia has put Marina Ovsyannikova, the former state television editor who interrupted a news broadcast to protest the war in Ukraine, on a wanted list after she reportedly escaped house arrest.

Ukrainian-born Ovsyannikova, 44, gained international attention in March after she stormed into a studio of Channel One, her then employer, to denounce the war in Ukraine during a live news bulletin, with a poster that read “no war.” “. At the time, she was fined 30,000 rubles (£460) for evading protest laws.

Ovsyannikova continued to protest the war and was accused in August of spreading false information about the Russian military for holding a poster that read “Putin is a murderer, his soldiers are fascists” during a solo protest on the bank of the Moskva River opposite the Kremlin. She was then placed under house arrest pending trial and given a prison term of up to 10 years if found guilty.

Anti-war protester interrupts Russian news broadcast – video

On Saturday, Ovsyannikova’s ex-husband said she had escaped house arrest along with her young daughter.

“Last night my ex-wife left the place the court had assigned her and disappeared with my 11-year-old daughter in an unknown direction,” said Igor Ovsyannikov, who works at the state-run news outlet RT.

Ovsyannikova’s whereabouts are unknown and she did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On Monday, she was added to the Ministry of Interior’s online list of fugitives, accompanied by a photo.

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Russia has launched an unprecedented crackdown on protesters, independent news channels and foreign social media networks. In early March, the president, Vladimir Putin, signed a draconian law imposing a prison term of up to 15 years for deliberately spreading “fake” news about the military, effectively criminalizing any public criticism of the war.

Hundreds of leading Russian independent journalists and activists have fled the country in fear of a wave of government repression. But the war in Ukraine also led to a steady stream of resignations from Russia’s tightly controlled state television channels.

Last month, Zhanna Agalakova, a former Channel One newscaster who was the station’s correspondent in Paris at the time of her resignation in March, announced that she would return the two state medals she had received from Putin for her work with the channel. to give.

“Mr President, your leadership is leading the country to the abyss,” Agalakova said in a handwritten note on her Facebook page. “I consider your awards unacceptable.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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