Lawyers for jailed Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich have appealed a Moscow court’s decision to extend his pretrial detention until Nov. 30, reports Ann Simmons of The Journal.
Simmons writes, “Gershkovich’s appeal was lodged at the Lefortovo District Court in Moscow on Friday, according to the court. The appeal is to be heard at the Moscow City Court.
“Gershkovich’s lawyers couldn’t be reached for comment. Previously, Gershkovich’s lawyers have asked the court to grant him bail or allow him to await trial under house arrest. Their requests have been repeatedly denied.
“Gershkovich is the first American journalist arrested on espionage charges in Russia since the end of the Cold War. The State Department has deemed him wrongfully detained, unlocking a broad U.S. government effort to exert pressure on Russia to free him.”
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