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An undated ID photo of journalist Evan Gershkovich, detained in Russia on espionage charges

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An undated ID photo of journalist Evan Gershkovich, detained in Russia on espionage charges

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Russian intelligence agencies have arrested a US citizen working for the Moscow office The Wall Street Journal about espionage.

Evan Gershkovich was on reporting duty in the Ural mountain city of Yekaterinburg when he was arrested by agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, accusing him of carrying out “illegal activities”. law” on behalf of the United States government.

In a statement, the agency alleges that Gershkovich, “acting on a mandate from the US side, is collecting information classified as state secret about the activities of one of the enterprises of the industrial complex”. -Russian military.”

The Urals are home to many Russian military factories.

The Wall Street Journal grant a statement denied the allegations and said they were “deeply concerned for the safety” of Gershkovich.

Russia has introduced a new set of restrictive laws around media and information amid the war in Ukraine.

The magazine is one of the few Western media outlets that continues to cover Moscow despite the constricted environment.

The Kremlin said it was aware of the arrest but called it a “prerogative” of the FSB.

“The only thing I can say is that, as far as we know, they caught him red-handed,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a phone call with reporters.

Peskov also noted that magazine can continue his work in Russia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, which issues visas and accreditations for foreign journalists, expressed support for Gershkovich’s arrest.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first time that ‘foreign correspondent’ status, journalist visas and certifications have been used in our country by foreigners to cover up non-news related activities. even,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. .

of Russia Kommersant Daily newspaper, reported that Gershkovich would soon be transferred to Moscow’s Lefortovo prison, the FSB’s pre-trial detention facility.

Espionage in Russia carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Gershkovich has been covering Russia since 2017, working with Moscow Times and Agence France-Presse of France before joining the Moscow office The Wall Street Journal.


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