Jailed Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich has been charged with espionage in Russia and has entered a formal denial, according to an Associated Press report.
An AP story states, “The state news agency Tass and the Interfax news agency said a law enforcement source informed them that Russia’s Federal Security Service, known as the FSB, had officially charged the American journalist.
“The news outlets didn’t say in what form Gershkovich was formally charged or when it happened, but generally suspects are presented a paper outlining the accusations.
“In the Russian legal system, the filing of charges and a response from the accused represents the formal start of a criminal probe, initiating what could be a long and secretive Russian judicial process. .
“Tass quoted its source as saying: ‘The FSB investigation charged Gershkovich with espionage in the interests of his country. He categorically denied all accusations and stated that he was engaged in journalistic activities in Russia.'”
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