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American journalist Evan Gershkovich detained in Russia
An American journalist, Evan Gershkovich, who works as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, has been arrested in Yekaterinburg by the Russian secret service on suspicion of espionage. The FSB claims that Gershkovich was caught collecting information about a Russian military-industrial company, which Russia considers to be state secrets.
The journalist could face a prison sentence of up to 20 years. The Wall Street Journal has expressed serious concern about Gershkovich’s safety and strongly denies the FSB’s allegations, calling for his immediate release. Gershkovich has been reporting on news from Russia, Ukraine, and other parts of the former Soviet Union for various media outlets for six years, and has been with The Wall Street Journal since early last year.
Foreign journalists in Russia have been increasingly vulnerable since last year, with some being deported or having their accreditation and visas not renewed.
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