Russian court extends detention of American journalist Alsou Kurmasheva

Russian court extends detention of American journalist Alsou Kurmasheva


A Russian court has ordered the continued pretrial detention of an American journalist until at least Monday, accused of failing to register as a “foreign agent,” according to her employer, in a case that threatens to further exacerbate the tensions between Washington and Moscow.

Alsou Kurmasheva, editor-in-chief of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, based in Prague and an American and Russian citizen, was arrested on Wednesday, her employer said.

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