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Moscow court arrests WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich – Russian media

30.03.2023, 17:41
Photo: evangershkovich / Instagram
Photo: evangershkovich / Instagram

The Lefortovo Court of Moscow arrested WSJ journalist Evan Gershkovich for "espionage".

The Russian propaganda agency TASS reported this, citing "the law enforcement agencies."

The court took Gershkovich into custody.

The journalist's lawyer, Daniil Berman, was not allowed into the courtroom.

As the IMI reported, on March 30, the Russian FSB reported having detained the Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich, who was working on a report about the Russians' attitude to the war and to the PMC "Wagner" recruitment efforts.

The special service accused the journalist of espionage. A criminal case was opened under Article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (espionage). The article provides for up to 20 years in prison. The reporter was detained in Yekaterinburg.

The Wall Street Journal editors denied the FSB's allegations and called for Gershkovich's immediate release.

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