Evan Gershkovich: One Year Of Russian Imprisonment

March 29, 2024

He’s doing the best he can under these circumstances. And the circumstances are very hard.

Mother of U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich, Ella Milman, discussing her son, who remains behind bars in a Russian prison.

Why It Matters: Friday, March 29, marks one year since Russia detained U.S. citizen Evan Gershkovich while on a reporting trip for the Wall Street Journal. Arrested on accusations of espionage, the U.S. considers Gershkovich “wrongfully detained.” Gershkovich is the first American journalist to be detained by Russia since the Cold War (1986). He was accredited to work in Russia at the time of arrest.

His Condition: Gershkovich, 32, is held in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison – a prison often used for keeping well-known political prisoners. As he awaits a trial, he spends about 23 hours a day in his cell and communicates with friends and family via letters each week. His mother reports “he is doing well” and “he’s fighting.”

Read More: Evan Gershkovich’s Stolen Year in a Russian Jail (The Wall Street Journal)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas