Evan Gershkovich | A letter from The Wall Street Journal editor in chief

The Journal reporter has been wrongfully detained in Russia for over a year


Dear WSJ Reader,

Russian authorities said recently that our colleague, Evan Gershkovich, will face trial in a court in Yekaterinburg after 15 months of pretrial detention in Moscow.

To even call it a trial, however, is unfair to Evan and a continuation of this travesty of justice that already has gone on for far too long.

Let us be very clear, once again: Evan is a staff reporter of The Wall Street Journal. He was on assignment in Russia, where he was an accredited journalist.

But the Kremlin has clamped down severely on independent reporting, effectively turning journalism into a crime.

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