Russia Court Rejects Appeal By Imprisoned American Journalist

February 21, 2024

When the Kremlin uses lives as bargaining chips, real people suffer.

U.S. ambassador to Moscow Lynne Tracy on the case of a Wall Street Journal reporter imprisoned in Russia under spy charges. A Russian court rejected an appeal by Evan Gershkovich, who remains behind bars after his arrest on a reporting trip nearly a year ago.

Why It Matters: “Gershkovich was the first American journalist to be charged with espionage in Russia since the end of the Cold War.” (WSJ) The latest ruling will keep him in prison until March 30th. The U.S. considers Gershkovich “wrongfully detained.”

During a recent interview, Vladimir Putin gave the indication he would be open to negotiate the release of Gershkovich but the U.S. government previously has said their offers have been rejected.

Russian Court Upholds Detention of WSJ Reporter Evan Gershkovich

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