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Russian TV Journalist Who Protested War Says She’s Escaped House Arrest

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Marina Ovsyannikova inside a defendants' box during a court session in Moscow, on Aug. 11.

Marina Ovsyannikova inside a defendants' box during a court session in Moscow, on Aug. 11.

Photographer: Natalia Kolesinkova/AFP/Getty Images

A Russian journalist who shot to international attention when she staged an anti-war protest on the country’s top TV news program said she’s escaped from house arrest.

“I consider myself completely innocent,” Marina Ovsyannikova said in a statement posted on Telegram on Wednesday. The former producer on Russia’s main TV network, state-owned Channel One, added that as of Sept. 30,  she’s refused to comply with the house arrest order.