'Unknown direction!' Anti-invasion Russian journalist escapes house arrest with daughter


A Russian TV journalist is on the run after escaping from her house arrest order, her ex-husband has claimed. Marina Ovsyannikova, 44, was put on the Kremlin’s wanted list after her former spouse reported that she and their 11-year-old daughter had gone missing.

Russia Today, a state-run news outlet, claimed on Saturday that Ms Ovsyannikova’s whereabouts were unknown.

According to the Times, her name has now been added to the Interior Ministry’s fugitives from justice list.

Her ex-husband Igor, who also works for state-run media in Russia, said: “Last night, my ex-wife left the place that the court assigned her for house arrest and, together with my 11-year-old daughter, fled in an unknown direction.”

Ms Ovsyannikova’s house arrest order was due to end on October 9.

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It was enforced after she was found to have held a poster calling Vladimir Putin a murderer and Russian soldiers fascists in July.

The protest took place during a solo event on the Moskva River embankment opposite the Kremlin.

According to CNN, Ms Ovsyannikova’s lawyer could not confirm her ex-husband’s claim.

Dmitry Zakhvatov told the US news outlet: “All I know is that she’s gone.”

Ms Ovsyannikova was fined 30,000 rubles (£460) for violating protest laws at the time.

She was later fined 50,000 rubles (around £740) over a video from July in which the journalist yet again condemned the conflict.



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