Evan Gershkovich was arrested and detained by Russian authorities on espionage charges, allegations that In MarchGershkovich, who was an accredited correspondent in Russia, was on a reporting trip in the city of Yekaterinburg when he was arrested by the country s powerful FSB domestic intelligence service. The U.S. government has declared Gershkovich wrongfully detained and most experts believe Russia has seized him as a bargaining chip to use as leverage with the United States similar
The U.S. and the Kre mlin confirmed talks seeking to find a deal to free him Friday marks six months since Wall Street Journal reporter The Biden administration and the Kremlin have confirmed they have held talks seeking to find a deal to free Gershkovich In July, Gershkovich’s mother Ella Millman spoke to ABC News George Stephanopoulos about a conversation she said she had with President Joe Biden about his efforts to bring her son homePresident Biden spoke to us and gave us a promise to do whatever it takes,” Millman said in an interview with “Good Morning America But as the war in Ukraine continues
Gershkovich 31 last appeared in court on Sept. 19 to appeal an order for his pre-trial detention. The court declined to hear his appeal, citing unspecified procedural irregularities and sent the case back to a lower court to resolve, according to a statement on the court’s website. A new hearing on extending his detention is likely to happen before it is set to expire on Nov 30 If convicted at trial Gershkovich could face up to 10-20 years behind bars Back in the U.S.Gershkovich’s family and others continue to advocate for his release Standing before world leaders last week at the United Nation
The outpouring of support alss in New York Cityo extends to Gershkovich’s alma maters including Princeton High School in New Jersey where just this week the boy’s soccer team hit the field for a match, donning T-shirts emblazoned with the hashtag While Gershkovich continues to hold out in Moscow’s Lefortovo Prison, strangers are penning encouraging letters to him from around the world — a campaign springboarded by his friends immediately following his imprisonmentmessage#IStandWithEvan. meditating, exercising, reading and writing.
Ambassador to Russia, Lynne Tracy, visited Gershkovich in prison and reiterated his strength, writing on the platform X (formerly known as Twitter) that the journalist is also managing to keep up with the news as he is held in detention Gershkovich has worked in Russia since 2017, first with the local outlet The Moscow Times and then Agence France Presse, before joining the WSJ in March 2022. Born to two Soviet Jewish emigres, Gershkovich grew up in New Jersey, speaking Russian at home Most experts believe a prisoner exchange is the most likely way of freeing Gershkovich.