BREAKING: U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich to stand trial in Russia on charges of spying for the CIA

The Wall Street Journal reporter, 32, has spent more than a year in pre-trial detention. He will now face a trial on espionage charges in the Ural mountains city of Yekaterinburg.

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American journalist Evan Gershkovich will stand trial in Russia on charges of spying for the CIA, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter, was arrested in March 2023 on what many in the West consider to be trumped up charges from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s repressive regime.

President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Putin to release Gershkovich, 32, who was arrested in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg.

After more than a year in pre-trial detention, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office said Thursday that Gershkovich would be sent to the Sverdlovsk Regional Court, in the city where he was arrested, for trial at an unspecified date.

The prosecutor's office said that Gershkovich had been charged with espionage following an investigation by Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB.

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