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Russian woman behind war protest escapes house arrest | Russia

Russia put Marina Ovsyannikova, former state television editor who News broadcast stopped For protesting the Ukraine war, she is on the wanted list after she reportedly escaped from house arrest.

Ovsyanikova, born in Ukraine, is 44 years old It gained international attention in March After she stormed the studio of Channel One, her then employer, to denounce the war in Ukraine during a live newscast, carrying a poster that read “No to War”. At the time, she was fined 30,000 rubles (£460) for ignoring protest laws.

Ovsyannikova continued to protest against the war and in August was charged with spreading false information about the Russian military for raising a poster reading “Putin is a killer, and his soldiers are fascists” during a solo protest at the Moskva River embankment across from the Kremlin. Subsequently, she was placed under house arrest pending trial and was facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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

“Last night, my ex-wife left the place assigned to her by the court, and I disappeared with my 11-year-old daughter in an unknown direction,” said Igor Ovsyankov, who works for the state-run RT channel.

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

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Russia has launched an unprecedented repression against protesters, independent media, and foreign social networks. In early March, the president, Vladimir Putin, signed into law a strict law imposing prison terms of up to 15 years for deliberately spreading “false” news about the military, and criminalizing any public criticism of the war.

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

Last month, Zhanna Agalakova, a former Channel One news anchor who was the station’s Paris correspondent at the time of her resignation in March, announced that she back My state medal, which she received from Putin for her work in the channel.

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

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