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Marina Ovsyannikova, a former Russian state television journalist, speaks to the press as she arrives for a hearing at a court in Moscow, Russia, July 28. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

Marina Ovsyannikova, the Russian journalist who put up an anti-war poster on Russian state television, has confirmed that she has left her court-ordered house arrest.

“I believe that I am absolutely not guilty and because our country has refused to enforce its laws, I refuse to serve the pre-trial restriction in the form of house arrest from September 30, 2022 and I am released from all of this,” Ovsyannikova. he said in a statement on his Telegram channel.

A court in August placed him under house arrest until October 9, accused of disseminating false information about the Russian Armed Forces, TASS reported.

Ovsyannikova, a former employee of Russian Channel One, interrupted a broadcast in March: “NO WAR. Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda that they are telling you lies here.”

At the time, Ovsyannikova told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that many Russian journalists saw a disconnect between reality and what was presented on the country’s television channels, saying it was “impossible to remain silent.”

“Dear law enforcement, please put this type of bracelet on Putin, because he should be isolated from society and not me. Putin should be tried for the genocide against the Ukrainian people and the mass murder of Russian men,” Ovsyannikova said in a video on Telegram on Wednesday, following the ankle pointing to a bracelet.

The Russian military leader “has no idea about the number of victims of the civilian population” in Ukraine, Ovsyannikova added.

“Maybe the conscience of some judges, prosecutors or investigators will wake up and they will stop calling the children who died in Ukraine fake,” he said. “And they will stop being prosecuted for telling the truth.”

“I spent almost two months under house arrest,” he continued, adding that all the while the investigators were quoting the words of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his chief spokesman Major Igor Konashenkov, “trying to pretend that not a single child died in Ukraine.” in the war.”