Russia’s FSB charges WSJ journalist Gershkovich with espionage
Evan Gershkovich (Photo:The Moscow Times/Handout via REUTERS)
Russia’s FSB security service has officially charged detained WSJ journalist Evan Gershkovich with espionage, Russian news agency TASS reported on April 7.
“The FSB accused Gershkovich of spying for his country (the United States),” a source in Russian law enforcement circles told TASS.
“He denied all accusations and stated that he was engaged in journalistic activities in Russia.”
The source declined to comment any further, as the case is reportedly marked "top secret."
On March 30, Moscow’s Lefortovo Court arrested Evan Gershkovich, journalist working for The Wall Street Journal. The FSB accused him of "espionage," claiming that he was gathering information about one of the facilities of Russia’s military-industrial complex "on instructions from the United States."
Russian PR agent Yaroslav Shirshikov, who accompanied the journalist prior to his arrest, said that Gershkovich was working on an article about Wagner Group mercenary company and its involvement in the war in Ukraine.
The Wall Street Journal denied the accusations against Gershkovich and demanded his immediate release from custody.
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