U.S. envoy to Russia visits jailed WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich

Lynne Tracy’s meeting with Gershkovich comes amid discussions about prisoner exchanges between Moscow and Washington


The U.S. ambassador to Russia visited Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal reporter who has been in custody in Moscow awaiting trial for more than a year, as negotiations continue behind closed doors to secure the American’s release.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said Thursday that Lynne Tracy met with Gershkovich at the notorious Lefortovo Prison in Moscow, where he is being held on an allegation of espionage that he, the Journal and the U.S. government strongly deny.

“Despite the continued wait for the start of his trial, Evan remains in good spirits, buoyed by the continued messages of support,” the embassy said in a message posted on the social media platform X, adding the hashtag that journalism is not a crime.

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