Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, famous for staging an on-air protest against Russia’s war in Ukraine, confirmed she escaped house arrest over charges of re-spreading fake news and said she had no case to answer.
“I believe myself completely innocent, and since our state refuses to obey its own laws, I refuse to pay my 30th birthday.”
Her lawyer said she was due to appear at a hearing at a Moscow district court at 10:00 a.m. Moscow time, but investigators were unable to establish her whereabouts.
Ovsyannikova, 44, was sentenced in August to two months of house arrest for a protest in July when she stood on a riverbank opposite the Kremlin and held up a placard calling President Vladimir Putin a murderer and his soldiers fascists.
She faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of spreading false news about the Russian armed forces.
Her house arrest was scheduled to last until October 9, but state news agency Russia Today reported on Saturday that she escaped with her 11-year-old daughter and her whereabouts are unknown.
How she left and where she went is still unclear, but on Monday her name appeared on the Interior Ministry’s online list of fugitives from justice, accompanied by a photograph.
In Wednesday’s statement on her Telegram social media feed, she confirmed her escape, criticized the article of the Criminal Code used to prosecute her and said she was being prosecuted “for telling the truth”.
Russia passed new laws against discrediting or disseminating “deliberately false information” about the armed forces on March 4, eight days after invading Ukraine.
Ovsyannikova later rose to international prominence in March when she walked out in front of studio cameras during an evening news program on the flagship Channel One with a placard that read ‘Stop the war’ and ‘They are lying to you.’
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