Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova listed as wanted fugitive

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia has listed Marina Ovsyannikova, the former editor of Channel One, as wanted fugitive, SIA cites TASS.

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.

"Ovsyannikova Marina Vladimirovna, born on June 19, 1978. Place of birth: Odessa, Ukrainian SSR. She is wanted under the article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation," the database says.

Earlier, her ex-husband, Igor Ovsyannikov, reported that she had escaped from pre-trial house arrest. According to him, Ovsyannikova had fled along with her daughter, and that her whereabouts were unknown. Ovsyannikov added that the girl has not been to school for a month.

The Russian journalist was previously sentenced to administrative fines several times for breaking the law - Article 20.3.3, part 1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses and Article 20.2, part 2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses.

Marina Ovsyannikova became famous in March 2022 after entering the live broadcast of the First Channel with a pacifist poster. After that, Marina, who was fined 30 thousand rubles, left the Russian Federation for a while.

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