Former Russian TV Journalist Has Fled From Russia After Escaping House Arrest

Former Russian state TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova who held an anti-war protest on live TV, called Vladimir Putin a murderer, and claimed Russian citizens had become zombies after listening to Kremlin propaganda has escaped from house arrest and fled the country, according to her lawyers.

Maria Ovsyannikova on Channel One with a placard denouncing the invasion of Ukraine.
Maria Ovsyannikova on Channel One with a placard denouncing the invasion of Ukraine.

In March, Ms Ovsyannikova interrupted a live broadcast to protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, she held up a sign that in Russian said: "NO WAR. Stop the war. Don't believe propaganda. They are lying to you here."


Dmitry Zakhvatov, Ms Ovsyannikova's lawyer, said she had fled Russia with her daughter after escaping from where she was being held under house arrest. Her lawyer said that his client is now under the protection of an unnamed European state.



He said: "They are in Europe now. They are fine. They are waiting until they can talk publicly, but for now, it is not safe."


The 44-year-old was placed under house arrested after she staged a lone protest in August outside the Kremlin carrying a sign that read: "Putin is a murderer. His soldiers are fascists".


Ms Ovsyannikova previously spoke out about her mother being Russian and her father Ukrainian, she said she was "very ashamed" of the work she has done for state TV, claiming it had allowed Russian people to become "zombified".


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