Oct 5 (Reuters) – Russian television journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, accused of spreading fake news after organizing a series of lone anti-war protests in Ukraine, said on Wednesday she had fled house arrest because she had no case to answer. .
“I consider myself completely innocent, and since our state refuses to comply with its own laws, I refuse to comply with the restraining measure that was placed on me as of September 30, 2022 and I am released from it,” he said.
In a video posted on Telegram, he sat on a pink sofa and addressed the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service, criticizing President Vladimir Putin for the war.
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“Put a tag like this on Putin,” he said, pointing to what appeared to be an electronic ankle bracelet.
His lawyer, Dmitry Zakhvatov, said he was supposed to appear for a court hearing at 10:00 Moscow time (07:00 GMT), but it was held in absentia because investigators were unable to establish his whereabouts.
She told Reuters that authorities do not know where she is and that she will remain in custody if she is caught.
Ovsyannikova drew worldwide attention in March by walking in front of studio cameras during an evening newscast on state television holding a sign reading “Stop the war” and “They’re lying to you.”
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The Kremlin at the time denounced his act of protest as “hooliganism”.
The 44-year-old received two months of house arrest in August for a protest in July when she stood on a river embankment in front of the Kremlin and held up a banner calling Putin a murderer and his soldiers fascists.
She faced a sentence of up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the charge of spreading false news about Russia’s armed forces.
Her house arrest was due to last until October 9, but the state-run media outlet Russia Today reported on Saturday that she had fled with her 11-year-old daughter and her whereabouts were unknown. How he left and where he went is still unclear.
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Russia passed new laws against discrediting or distributing “deliberately false information” about the military on March 4, eight days after invading Ukraine.
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