The American edition of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) demanded the immediate release of its correspondent Evan Gershkovich, arrested in Russia, suspected of spying for the United States.
“The Wall Street Journal demands the immediate release of our colleague Evan Gershkovich, a prominent journalist who was arrested while covering events in Russia. We know what’s happening in the world thanks to the fearless work of journalists like Evan,” the statement read.
According to the employees of the publication, the arrest of Evan Gershkovich is in their eyes the strongest insult to the freedom of the press. The WSJ insists Gershkovich was simply doing his job covering events in Russia and is calling for his immediate release.
On March 30, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) announced the detention of a WSJ correspondent in Ekaterinburg, suspected of spying for the United States. According to intelligence agencies, Gershkovich collected secret information about one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex. By decision of the Lefortovo court in Moscow, he was detained for two months.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, noted that the activities in which Gershkovich was engaged in Yekaterinburg were not journalistic. The press secretary to the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, said the detention was carried out in flagrante delicto.The WSJ message demanded that Russia release arrested journalist Gershkovich, who
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