The heroic Russian news anchor who staged a live anti-war protest by walking of state TV has revealed how she managed to escape from Mad Vlad.
Marina Ovsyannikova humiliated Putin by holding up a sign saying "they’re lying to you here” and “Stop the War!”
The 44-year-old was facing up to ten years in jail before deciding to flee from her house with her daughter Trina, 11.
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Going public for the first time since she fled four months ago, she revealed how her lawyer had told her: “Run, run from Russia – you only have a few days left before the trial. They will definitely put you in jail.”
In an escape befitting of a spy novel, she teamed up with Reporters Without Borders, changing cars seven times before reaching the border.
“We had two days to leave the territory of Russia,” she said.
“Thank God, it worked out.
“I can’t tell in which direction we left, but I can say that we changed seven cars in the process.”
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However, once she was in the second car, she suddenly realised she was still wearing an electronic tag put on her by the Russian authorities.
"At the moment we were running away [from home], there was such nervousness,” she said.
“My mother…came [to say goodbye].
“I forgot to remove the bracelet.
“It was when we had already changed the second car, I finally remembered about it.”
She quickly cut it off and continued the escape, but there was more trouble ahead.
“Just before [crossing] the border something went wrong because the car got stuck in mud,” she said.
“We literally jumped out in a field.
"After some time we got from the field to a forest…
“We managed to cross the border eventually.”
The journalist was formally invited to France by French President Emmanuel Macron, which she accepted.
She reiterated her support for Ukraine.
“I would like to express unlimited support to Ukraine’s people.
“It’s almost a year that they have been fighting for their land, for our future, for the future of the entire civilised world….”
Her son, 18, has remains in Moscow with her ex-husband, an employee of state propaganda broadcaster RT.
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