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RSF believe Russia detaining WSJ reporter is retaliation for his work

30.03.2023, 17:26

"Reporters Without Borders" condemned the detention in Russia on charges of espionage of The Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Hershkovich.

This is said in the RSF's statement, Radio Liberty reports.

"[Gershkovich] was investigating the Wagner Military Company. RSF is alarmed by what seems to be a 'retaliatory' measure: journalists must not be targeted!" the organization wrote.

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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