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Russian TV Journalist Confirms She Escaped From House Arrest

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The infamous Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who is infamous for snatching a state broadcast to criticize the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, confirmed on Wednesday that she had indeed escaped from house arrest. 

“I consider myself completely innocent, and since our state refuses to obey its own laws, I refuse to obey the measure of restraint imposed on me as of September 30, 2022, and release myself from it,” Ovsyannikova stated in a message on her Telegram social media feed.

Ovsyannikova’s escape from house arrest is still a mystery, as is the location of her whereabouts, but since Monday, when the first reports of her disappearance started to circulate, her name has been added to Moscow’s list of wanted people. In the beginning, the news was initially confirmed to Russian state media by Ovsyannikova’s ex-husband.

The ex-husband claimed, “Last night, my ex-wife fled with my 11-year-old daughter in an unknown direction from the location the court assigned her for house arrest.”

On the evening of March 16, Ovsyannikova garnered media attention by staging an on-air protest on Russia’s Channel One. Behind a studio presenter, the 44-year-old journalist raised an anti-war protest sign. “Abolish the war. Refuse to buy into the propaganda. They are deceiving you,” Observe the sign. Additionally, she yelled phrases decrying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Ovsyannikova stated in an interview with Reuters after her initial arrest in March that she had no plans to leave Russia and that she hoped she would not be charged with any crimes.

But that was before she was placed under house arrest for two months in August while she awaited trial. If she is found guilty of spreading false information about Moscow’s armed forces, she could spend up to 10 years in prison. However, given that she escaped from house arrest, if she is apprehended, the sentence might be lengthened.

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