Russia detains Wall Street Journal reporter over spying allegations

Evan Gershkovich, a U.S. citizen, could face up to 20 years in prison


Russian security services detained Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal correspondent, in Yekaterinburg on Thursday on suspicion of spying for the U.S., according to state media reports.

Gershkovich, who is a U.S. citizen, is “suspected of espionage in the interests of the American government” and accused of “trying to obtain secret information,” Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement, according to state news agency TASS.

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Statement from the News/Media Alliance:
Arrest of Wall Street Journal Reporter in Russia

The News/Media Alliance joins The Wall Street Journal and the broader journalism industry in its concern over the arrest of journalist Evan Gershkovich yesterday in Russia. Mr. Gershkovich, a U.S. citizen and member of The Wall Street Journal’s Moscow bureau, was arrested while on a reporting trip on Wednesday morning, March 29, for false allegations made by the Russian authorities.

Alliance Executive Vice President & General Counsel Danielle Coffey stated, “The arrest of Mr. Gershkovich is extremely troubling. Journalists perform a critical service in providing important news and information about local, national and international events to communities across the globe. No journalist should have to do their job in fear of their safety or liberty. We stand with The Wall Street Journal in calling for Mr. Gershkovich’s immediate release.”


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