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Russian court upholds detention of WSJ’s Gershkovich

February 20, 2024

Posted by Chris Roush

Evan Gershkovich

A Russian court upheld the detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, whom the U.S. government deems to be wrongfully detained, reports Ann M. Simmons of The Journal.

Simmons reports, “Tuesday’s rejection of the latest appeal by Gershkovich’s lawyers means he is set to remain behind bars until at least March 30, which would mark more than a year since he was taken into custody on an allegation of espionage that the Journal and the U.S. government vehemently deny.

“Gershkovich, a 32-year-old U.S. citizen who was accredited by Russia’s Foreign Ministry to work there as a journalist, was detained by agents from the Federal Security Service on March 29 last year during a reporting trip in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg.

“Russian investigators haven’t publicly presented evidence to back up their espionage allegation against Gershkovich, who is being held at Moscow’s Lefortovo Prison. Moscow has said it is acting in accordance with its laws.”

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