Russia extends detention of American journalist Evan Gershkovich by 3 months
Russian news agencies report that a court has extended the arrest of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich for three months.
MOSCOW — A Russian court has extended the arrest of Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich by three months, Russian news agencies reported on Tuesday.
Gershkovich, a US citizen, was detained until August 30. He had been arrested in March for spying on a reporting trip to Russia. He, his employer and the US government have denied the charges.
Gershkovich is the first American correspondent since the Cold War to be detained in Russia for espionage, and his arrest has rattled journalists in the country and sparked outrage in the West.
The US government declared Gershkovich “wrongfully detained” and demanded his immediate release. He is being held in Lefortovo prison in Moscow.
Tuesday’s hearing was not announced in advance and the whole matter was kept under wraps. Russian authorities have not specified what evidence – if any – they must support the espionage charges. Various legal proceedings have been closed to the media.
US Embassy officials have been allowed to visit Gershkovich’s prison at least once since his arrest in Yekaterinburg on March 29. But the Russian authorities refused further visits.