Russia's FSB arrests US reporter for 'espionage'
Sunday, April 2, 2023
This is the first time a US journalist has been detained for spying since the Soviet Union. A statement from WSJ said the newspaper "vehemently denies the allegations from the FSB and seeks the immediate release of our trusted and dedicated reporter, Evan Gershkovich. We stand in solidarity with Evan and his family.", which ended with the dissolution of the
|We are in very dangerous territory with [Putin]. This is all about leverage and so now we have a human life in the balance.|
The FSB acknowledged Gershkovich had valid accreditation, but was "trying to obtain secret information [about] the activities of one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex."spokesperson said he was involved with "activities that have nothing to do with journalism." Press Secretary added, "It is not about a suspicion, it is about the fact that he was caught red-handed."
US Representatives Adam Schiff and called his detainment a 'kidnapping', the latter telling CNN, "we are in very dangerous territory with [Russian President Vladimir Putin]. This is all about leverage and so now we have a human life in the balance."
In a tweet, the top foreign affairs representative of the European Union said: "Journalists must be allowed to exercise their profession freely and deserve protection. The Russian authorities demonstrate yet again their systematic disregard for media freedom."
A joint statement by Eileen O’Reilly and Gil Klein of the USsaid: "Evan Gershkovich is a journalist. He should be released immediately and unharmed and allowed to return to his important work."
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