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An American Journalist detained in Russia with Espionage charge

One of the Wall Street Journal reporters, Evan Gershkovich (31), a Russian speaker was detained while he was traveling for his reporting work in the city of Yekaterinburg, around 800 miles east of Moscow on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. He was accused of espionage against Russia. According to WSJ, It is “a first case of an American journalist detained for allegations of spying since the Cold War.”

He worked in Russia since 2017 as a reporter from Agence France Presse and The Mosco Times before he started at the WSJ in 2022. His parents immigrated from the former Soviet Union to the U.S. in 1979 and He was born in NYC, according to Wikipedia.

President Biden was briefed on the detention of Mr. Gershkovich and White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters. according to WSJ, Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre reassured the public and said “We’ve been very clear about Americans not going to Russia. It is not safe,”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the U.S. seeks immediate consular access to Mr. Gershkovich so that it can provide the appropriate support. “In the strongest possible terms, we condemn the Kremlin’s continued attempts to intimidate, repress, and punish journalists and civil society voices,” Mr. Blinken said.

According to NPR, Mr. Gershkovich entered a restaurant in Yekaterinburg, and two hours later his phone was off. When he was arrested he was digging into Wagner’s mercenary army. Wagner’s mercenary army consisted of all criminal inmates on the front line of the war in Ukraine for their freedom.

“The Wall Street Journal vehemently denies the allegations from the FSB and seeks the immediate release of our trusted and dedicated reporter, Evan Gershkovich,” the Journal said. “We stand in solidarity with Evan and his family.”

According to NPR,  A court for Gershkovich’s trial will be in a closed session and he will be detained until the investigations are done at the end of May. 

Similarly, just a few days ago, the US also arrested a suspected Russian spy over trying to infiltrate the International Criminal Court in the US by the name of Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov was charged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, for acting as an illegal agent of a Russian intelligence service gathering information on the Ukraine war.

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