The Russians have arrested 31-year-old American reporter, Evan Gershkovich on espionage charges. Currently, Evan Gershkovich has been detained by the Federal Security Services to remain in custody until May 29.
Who is Evan Gershkovich?
As mentioned above, Evan was working for the Wall Street Journal as a reporter when he was detained in Russia on March 29. Evan has covered activities in Russia for six years while working for different media outlets.
He reported on various aftermath of the Russian invasion such as reporting heavy Russian casualties from the war, a detailed report on what went wrong with Russia’s invasion plan, and others.
Evan has been working short trips to Russia to cover the news. He is a fluent speaker believed to be born in Russia and raised in New Jersey.
Before working at Wall Street Journal he served as a reporter for Agence France-Presse and the Moscow Times as well as he worked as a news assistant at the New York Times.
The 31-year-old reporter was the first to be arrested post-Russian Invasion. His arrest might have been a message to the journalist reporting against Russia. According to analysis, his last reporting pieces were mostly about the aftermath of the Russian invasion.
Evan Greskovich’s arrest has further boiled the tension between the West and Russia. Although, the Biden administration has assured to support Greshkovich’s family during these tough times.
Why Was Evan Gershkovich Arrested?
According to the officials, Evan has been caught red-handed but US authorities denied every allegation against him. They allege that Evan was “acting on US instructions” and that he had collected classified information about the activities.
Evan was working for the Wall Street Journal as a reporter covering the war in Ukraine. He was last reported entering a restaurant in Yekaterinburg. A few hours later his phone was switched off and the lawyers working for Wal Street Journal were unable to locate him.
Reports suggest that an investigation has been going on as he has been detained until the end of May. In order to arrest him formally, he was taken to the Lefortovo district court in Moscow by the FSB.
Evan Gershkovich could currently face a maximum of 20 years if convicted. But the American Journalist has denied all the allegations charged against him. However, Russian authorities have not disclosed what he was spying on.
His last piece published in the Wall Street Journal explores Russia’s declining Economy and how Russia is dealing with military expenses while maintaining the economy. Some reports from the watchdog report claimed that he was visiting Yekaterinburg to cover Wagner, a Russian Mercenary group, which has been involved in some of the deadliest fights in Ukraine.
The Wall Street Journal released a statement denying all allegations made by the FSB, and seeking the reporter’s immediate release.
Maria Zakharova, the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman has questioned the activities of a Wall Street Journal employee in Russia.
The spokeswoman alleges that Evan Gershkovich has no business with Journalism in Russia. She indicates that his profession was only a cover-up to extract classified information from the Russian military.
Ever since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, reporting has been strictly sensitive. Several reporters based in Russia have been detained for “spreading fake news” and discrediting the army on social media.
This came after Russia introduced a criminal offense for reporting about the invasion in the light of discrediting the army. As a result of the invasion, Russia has had to impose stricter reporting policies to maintain their standard.
Full-scale reporting in the soviet union has been difficult since the start of the war. Many independent reporting media has been silenced and forced to leave the country.
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