Russian court rejects WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich’s appeal against detention

Russian officials say confidential discussions about prisoner exchanges are being conducted between Moscow and Washington


A Moscow court rejected an appeal by Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich against his detention, meaning the U.S. citizen, who has been awaiting trial for over a year, will remain behind bars until at least June 30.

Gershkovich, who appeared in court Tuesday, is being held on an allegation of espionage that he, the Journal and the U.S. government vehemently deny. The State Department has declared him wrongfully detained, a designation that commits the government to work for his release.

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