Journalist Jailed Since March Finally Gets 2nd Consular Visit

Evan Gershkovich 'is in good health and remains strong'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 4, 2023 12:30 AM CDT
US Ambassador Visits Jailed Wall Street Journal Reporter
Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands in a glass cage in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 22, 2023.   (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)

US Ambassador Lynne Tracy on Monday was allowed to visit Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who has been behind bars in Russia since March on charges of espionage. Tracy last visited Gershkovich in April, the AP reports. The US has been asking for weeks for access to the journalist, the WSJ reports. The 31-year-old US citizen was arrested in the city of Yekaterinburg while on a reporting trip to Russia. A Moscow court last week upheld a ruling to keep him in custody until Aug. 30. "Ambassador Tracy reports that Mr. Gershkovich is in good health and remains strong, despite his circumstances," the State Department said in a statement. "US Embassy officials will continue to provide all appropriate support to Mr. Gershkovich and his family, and we expect Russian authorities to provide continued consular access."

Gershkovich and his employer denied the allegations, and the US government declared him to be wrongfully detained. His arrest rattled journalists in Russia where authorities have not provided any evidence to support the espionage charges. Gershkovich is being held at Moscow's Lefortovo prison, notorious for its harsh conditions. He is the first American reporter to face espionage charges in Russia since September 1986, when Nicholas Daniloff, a Moscow correspondent for US News and World Report, was arrested by the KGB. Daniloff was released 20 days later in a swap for an employee of the Soviet Union's U.N. mission who was arrested by the FBI, also on spying charges.

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