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

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Russia has enactment Marina Ovsyannikova, the erstwhile authorities TV exertion who interrupted a quality broadcast to protestation against the Ukraine war, connected a wanted database aft she reportedly escaped location arrest.

The Ukrainian-born Ovsyannikova, 44, gained planetary attraction successful March aft bursting into a workplace of Channel One, her past employer, to denounce the Ukraine warfare during a unrecorded quality bulletin, holding a poster speechmaking “no war”. At the clip she was fined 30,000 roubles (£460) for shunning protestation laws.

Ovsyannikova continued protesting against the warfare and was charged successful August with spreading mendacious accusation astir the Russian service for holding up a poster that work “Putin is simply a murderer, his soldiers are fascists” during a solo protestation connected the Moskva River embankment other the Kremlin. She was subsequently placed nether location apprehension to await proceedings and was facing up to 10 years successful situation if recovered guilty.

Anti-war protester interrupts Russian quality broadcast – video

On Saturday, Ovsyannikova’s ex-husband said she had escaped location apprehension unneurotic with her young daughter.

“Last night, my ex-wife near the spot that the tribunal assigned her, and disappeared with my 11-year-old girl successful an chartless direction,” Igor Ovsyannikov, who is employed astatine the state-run quality outlet RT, said.

Ovsyannikova’s whereabouts are chartless and she did not instantly respond to a petition for comment. On Monday, she was added to the interior ministry’s online database of fugitives, accompanied by a photo.

Since the commencement of the warfare successful Ukraine, Russia has launched an unprecedented crackdown connected protesters, autarkic quality outlets and overseas societal media networks. In aboriginal March, the president, Vladimir Putin, signed disconnected connected a draconian instrumentality imposing a jailhouse word of up to 15 years for spreading intentionally “fake” quality astir the military, successful effect criminalising immoderate nationalist disapproval of the war.

Hundreds of starring Russian autarkic journalists and activists person fled the country, fearing a question of authorities repression. But the warfare successful Ukraine besides resulted successful a dependable watercourse of resignations from Russia’s tightly controlled state-run tv channels.

Last month, Zhanna Agalakova, a erstwhile Channel One newsreader who astatine the clip of her resignation successful March was the station’s analogous successful Paris, announced she was returning the 2 authorities medals she received from Putin for her enactment astatine the channel.

“Mr President, your enactment is starring the state to the abyss,” Agalakova said successful a handwritten enactment posted connected her Facebook page. “I see your awards unacceptable.”