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A Moscow court has ruled to extend the pretrial detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich until June 30.

This decision came after prosecutors presented their case to the court, with state-run news outlet TASS reporting the extension. Gershkovich has been in custody for nearly a year following his arrest on March 29, 2023, in Yekaterinburg, Russia. He faces charges of collecting state secrets about the Russian military for the US government.


Gershkovich’s detention has sparked international concern. The United States, various press freedom organizations, and The Wall Street Journal have declared him wrongfully detained. Almar Latour and Emma Tucker, leaders at The Wall Street Journal, have denounced the court’s proceedings as “baseless,” emphasizing that Russian authorities’ portrayal of Gershkovich contradicts his true character.

The ongoing efforts to secure Gershkovich’s release have included discussions of a possible prisoner swap by the Biden administration. However, reaching an agreement has been challenging, partly because Russia holds other American prisoners. Among them are former Marine Paul Whelan, detained since 2018, and Alsu Kurmasheva, a Russian-American journalist arrested last October. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed optimism in a recent interview about finding a deal to release Whelan and Gershkovich, noting that complex diplomatic negotiations are ongoing..

As the situation develops, the international community remains watchful, hopeful for a resolution that leads to the release of Gershkovich and other detained Americans. The case underscores the intricate interplay of diplomacy, justice, and press freedom on the global stage.


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