“Respected employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service, put that bracelet on Putin,” she said in a video, referring to the electronic tracking device Russian officials forced her to wear on her ankle. “It is he who should be isolated from society, not me, and he should be tried for the genocide of the people of Ukraine and for the fact that he destroys the male population of Russia en masse.”
Ovsyannikova, a former editor of Russian state television Channel 1, made international headlines earlier this year after storming the set of the channel’s flagship news program with a sign reading “stop the war”. Her protest was widely hailed as a dangerous act of resistance as Russia cracked down on critics and public displays of dissent amid its invasion of Ukraine.
On Wednesday, Ovsyannikova once again urged Russians not to believe the government’s lies, saying she had been targeted simply for telling the truth. After Russia’s invasion in February, media access was quickly blocked and Moscow banned what it deemed “fake” news about her attack on Ukraine. From Russia media crackdown has forced many journalists to flee the country.
Russia fined Ovsyannikova twice for the crime of discrediting its military and in August placed her under two-month house arrest on charges of spreading false news about the military, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years.
It is unclear how she managed to escape, along with her 11-year-old daughter. Ovsyannikova did not respond to calls and text messages from The Washington Post in recent days.
Ovsyannikova’s ex-husband first reported to authorities on Saturday that she was missing, Russian media reported. Igor Ovsyannikov told the pro-Kremlin RT network that he did not know where his ex-wife was, but his daughter did not have a passport.
Ovsyannikova’s comments came as Putin signed a document formalize the annexation of four regions of Ukraine, a violation of international law. Despite the move, Ukrainian troops are making a “swift and mighty advance” in the south of the country and liberating “dozens of settlements” from Russian control. President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
Natalia Abbakumova contributed to this report.
War in Ukraine: what you need to know
The last: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees on Friday to annex four occupied regions of Ukraine, after organized referendums that were widely denounced as illegal. follow our live updates here.
The answer: The Biden administration announced Friday a new round of sanctions on Russia, in response to the annexations, targeting government officials and family members, Russian and Belarusian military officials, and defense acquisition networks. President Volodymyr Zelensky also said on Friday that Ukraine is Application for “accelerated ascension” to NATOin an apparent response to the annexations.
In Russia: Putin declared a military mobilization on September 21 to call as many 300,000 reservists in a dramatic attempt to reverse setbacks in his war against Ukraine. The ad caused an exodus of more than 180,000 peoplemainly men who were subject to the serviceY renewed protests and other acts of defiance against the war.
The fight: mounted ukraine a successful counteroffensive that forced a major Russian withdrawal in the northeastern region of Kharkiv in early September, when troops were fleeing the towns and villages they had occupied since the first days of the war and abandoned large amounts of military equipment.
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