Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova fled Russia with her daughter. She was under house arrest after her protest against the Ukraine war.
Moscow – The TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who became known for her live protest against the military operation in Ukraine, has fled Russia with her daughter. “Ovzyannikova and her daughter have left Russia,” her lawyer Dmitry Sakhatov told AFP on Monday (October 17). “You are in Europe now. They are fine.”
Ovzyannikova stormed a live broadcast in Moscow in March to protest the war in Ukraine. She was then placed under house arrest, among other things, and is on a wanted list. According to her own statements, the 44-year-old fled from house arrest in early October.
After a protest against the Ukraine war: journalist Ovsjannikova fled Russia with her daughter
“I consider myself completely innocent and since our state refuses to abide by its own laws, as of September 30, 2022 I refuse to abide by the coercive measure of house arrest imposed on me and I am releasing myself from this,” Ovsyannikova wrote on October 5 in the Telegram news service.
The detention is part of a criminal case in which she is charged with spreading alleged misinformation about the Russian armed forces. According to the Interfax agency , she faces between five and ten years in prison.
After a protest against the Ukraine war: a journalist flees Russia
The employee of the First Channel of Russian state television, who had previously been considered loyal to the line, held an anti-war poster into the camera in a news program in mid-March. She then stayed abroad for a few months, working part-time for the German newspaper Die Welt . In mid-July, within sight of the Kremlin, they again protested against the war.
During the period of her house arrest, the investigators, citing Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his spokesman Igor Konashenkov, tried to pretend that not a single child had died in the war in Ukraine, Ovsiannikova wrote in early October. (sne/AFP)