Marina Ovsyannikova ‘in Europe’ after leaving country with daughter after being placed on wanted list
A former Russian state television journalist who protested against Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine during a live broadcast has fled the country after being put on a wanted list.
“[Marina] Ovsyannikova and her daughter left Russia a few hours after departing from the address where she was under house arrest. They are in Europe now,” Ovsyannikova’s lawyer, Dmitry Zakhvatov, said.
“They are fine. They are waiting until they can talk about publicly, but for now it is not safe,” he added.
The former editor at Channel One made global headlines in March when she interrupted a broadcast of its flagship Vremya (Time) evening news, holding a poster reading “No war”.
She was placed under house arrest from August after she held a lone protest in mid-July near the Kremlin carrying a placard that read “Putin is a murderer. His soldiers are fascists.”
The 44-year-old was charged with distributing information about the Russian armed forces deemed by the government to be false – a charge that could lead to a 10-year prison sentence.
Zakhvatov previously said Ovsyannikova had been put on Russia’s wanted list for having evaded house arrest.

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