Russia Has Bad News for US Journalist

Evan Gershkovich's detention extended until Nov. 30 with no trial date set
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2023 10:23 AM CDT
Russia Has Bad News for US Journalist
Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich is escorted to the Lefortovsky court in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023.   (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)

Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal reporter detained in Russia on espionage charges since March, had his pre-trial prison stay extended again on Thursday. During what the Guardian calls a "brief hearing" that was closed to the public, the 31-year-old American, the first US journalist to be detained on such charges since the end of the Cold War, had his detention period extended to at least Nov. 30. The AP notes that the hearing, held as Gershkovich's detention was set to expire next week, was closed to the public "because details of the criminal case are classified." No trial date has been set, and the AP reports that the Russian authorities haven't specified what evidence they might have gathered against Gershkovich; the Guardian says the case is still under investigation.

US Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy visited the journalist earlier this month and said he appeared to be in good health. He is being held in Moscow's Lefortovo prison, which is notorious for its harsh conditions. The Wall Street Journal had this statement: "Today, our colleague and distinguished journalist Evan Gershkovich appeared for a pre-trial hearing where his improper detention was extended yet again. We are deeply disappointed he continues to be arbitrarily and wrongfully detained for doing his job as a journalist. The baseless accusations against him are categorically false, and we continue to push for his immediate release. Journalism is not a crime." (More Evan Gershkovich stories.)

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