Evan Gershkovich: Wall Street Journal reporter’s appeal against pre-trial detention rejected

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A Russian court has rejected Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich’s appeal against his pre-trial detention.

The reporter was formally charged with spying in Russia earlier this month and has been held at the notorious Lefortovo prison in Moscow since.

Mr Gershkovich, 32, appeared in a Moscow courtroom today to appeal against the decision to keep him in a former KGB prison until at least 29 May.

The reporter stood in a glass box inside the courtroom with his arms crossed and did not say anything.

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Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was detained in March while on a reporting trip and charged with espionage, stands behind a glass wall of an enclosure for defendants before a court hearing to consider an appeal against his detention, in Moscow, Russia April 18, 2023. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich

Mr Gershkovich faces up to 20 years behind bars if convicted.

On his arrest, Russia’s Federal Security Service accused him of trying to obtain classified information about a Russian arms factory.

An entrance of the Lefortovo prison, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 30, 2023. Russia's top security agency says an American reporter for the Wall Street Journal has been arrested on espionage charges. The Federal Security Service said Thursday that Evan Gershkovich was detained in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg while allegedly trying to obtain classified information. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
An entrance to Lefortovo prison

Mr Gershkovich became the first reporter for an American news outlet to be arrested on espionage charges in Russia since the Cold War and has always “categorically” denied the allegations.

US Ambassador to Russia, Lynne Tracy, who attended Tuesday’s hearing, said Mr Gershkovich “deserves to go home”.

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Speaking outside the court in Moscow, Ms Tracy said a day earlier she had visited the journalist in prison adding: “He is in good health and remains strong”.

President Joe Biden has condemned the detention of Mr Gershkovich, saying the US had made it “clear” that Russia’s actions were “totally illegal”.

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