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Moscow court extends detention of US journalist Evan Gershkovich until November

Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, background centre, is escorted to the Lefortovsky court in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023.
Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, background centre, is escorted to the Lefortovsky court in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023. Copyright Dmitry Serebryakov/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved.
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Gershkovich was arrested in the central Russian city of Yekaterinburg while on a reporting trip in late March.

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The arrest of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich on espionage charges has been extended to 30 November, Russian state news agency Tass said.

Gershkovich arrived at the Moscow court Thursday in a white prison van and was led out handcuffed, wearing jeans, sneakers and a shirt. 

Journalists outside the court were not allowed to witness the proceedings. Tass said they were held behind closed doors because details of the criminal case are classified.

The prosecution had asked to extend his arrest from 30 August. He has appealed against the extensions to his detention.

A 31-year-old US citizen, Gershkovich was arrested in Yekaterinburg while on a reporting trip in late March. Russia’s Federal Security Service said Gershkovich, “acting on the instructions of the American side, collected information constituting a state secret about the activities of one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex.”

Gershkovich and his employer deny the allegations, and the US government said he had been wrongfully detained. Gershkovich’s case has been wrapped in secrecy. Russian authorities haven’t detailed what – if any – evidence they have gathered to support the espionage charges.

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FILE - Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands in a glass cage in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court, in Moscow, Russia, April 18, 2023.AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File

Earlier in August, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy made her third visit to Gershkovich and reported that he appeared to be in good health despite challenging circumstances. Gershkovich was being held at Moscow’s Lefortovo prison, notorious for its harsh conditions.

Gershkovich is the first American reporter to face espionage charges in Russia since September 1986, when Nicholas Daniloff, a Moscow correspondent for US News and World Report, was arrested by the KGB.

Analysts have pointed out that Moscow may be using jailed Americans as bargaining chips in soaring US-Russian tensions over the Kremlin’s military operation in Ukraine. 

At least two US citizens arrested in Russia in recent years – including WNBA star Brittney Griner – have been exchanged for Russians jailed in the US.

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