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Russian TV Protester Listed As Wanted Fugitive

PARIS, France - Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsynnikova, famous for staging an on-air protest against Russia's war in Ukraine, has been put on Moscow's wanted list after her ex-husband reported she had escaped from pre-trial house arrest.

Ovsyannikova, 44, was given two months' house arrest in August and faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of spreading fake news about Russia's armed forces.

The case related to a protest in July when she stood on a rover embankment opposite the Kremlin and held up a poster calling President Vladimir Putin a murderer and his soldiers fascists.

The term of her house arrest was due to last until Oct.9

However, the state-run news outlet Russia Today reported on Saturday that she had fled along with her daughter and that her whereabouts were unknown.

'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', it quoted her ex-husband as saying.

On Monday, her name could be seen on the interior ministry's online list of fugitives from justice, accompanied by a photo.

The circumstances of where she went or how she left are not clear.



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