Her lawyer stated that Marina Ovsyannikova, an ex-journalist for Russian state TV, fled the country after she was released from house arrest.
Ms Ovsyannikova protested against the war in Ukraine by interrupting a live broadcast. She held up a sign that read: “No war.” Russians opposed to war
It was written in Russian as “NO WAR.” Stop fighting. Don’t believe propaganda. They will lie to you.”
Dmitry Zakhvatov (the 44-year old’s lawyer) said that she and her daughter fled Russia within hours of leaving the place where she was under house arrest. They are now under protection by an unnamed European country.
He said, “They are now in Europe.” They are fine. They will wait until they can speak publicly, but it is not safe for them to do so.
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M. Zakhatov declined further information on her location, stating that it could be a problem for him.
After she protested outside the Kremlin with a placard reading “Putin’s a murderer”, Ms Ovsyannikova was placed under house arrest. His soldiers are fascists.”
Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who protested the war in Ukraine live on TV, has now returned to her home and revoked
Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who protested her safety but didn’t flee country
Ukraine War: A Russian ex-journalist Marina Ovsyannikova was found guilty of discrediting the country’s armed forces following social media posts
She was charged with spreading information about Russian armed forces that the Kremlin considered “false”. This charge carries a 10-year sentence.
She was editor of Vremya, the nightly news program at the time of her protest.
She previously stated that her father is Ukrainian, and her mother Russian. She also said that she was “very ashamed” about the work she did for state television. It claimed that it allowed the Russian people “zombified”.
She was first fined 30,000 rubles (around PS223.40) in March for violating protest laws. In July, she was also fined 50,000 rubles (PS677) for posting social media comments condemning the invasion.
In August, she was forced to have her house raided by authorities in pursuit of further charges against herself.
September saw her under house arrest, which she openly stated she would not obey. She also confirmed earlier in the month that she had fled.