Russia’s top security agency arrested an American reporter for the Wall Street Journal on espionage charges, the first time a U.S. correspondent was put behind bars on spying accusations since the Cold War, reports the Associated Press.
The AP story states, “The newspaper denied the allegations against Evan Gershkovich.
“The Federal Security Service said Thursday that Gershkovich was detained in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg while allegedly trying to obtain classified information.
“The FSB, which is the top successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB, alleged that Gershkovich ‘was acting on the U.S. orders to collect information about the activities of one of the enterprises of the Russian military industrial complex that constitutes a state secret.’
“‘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 newspaper said. ‘We stand in solidarity with Evan and his family.'”
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