Indore, March 30: Wall Street Journal writer Evan Gershkovich had been detained in Russia and had been charged with spying, State-run Russian news agency RIA Novosti said on Thursday. The Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB), according to the article, said that Gershkovich was the subject of a criminal investigation.
Russia's FSB security service said it had detained a reporter for the US newspaper The Wall Street Journal on suspicion of spying for Washington, reports Reuters
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He was allegedly involved in gathering “secret information” about a Russian defence firm, according to the FSB.
According to RIA Novosti, Evan Gershkovich was detained while on duty in Yekaterinburg. Two of the senior journalist’s contacts in the city confirmed Gershkovich’s imprisonment.
Regarding Gershkovich’s arrest, no statements have been made by The Wall Street Journal. Evan Gershkovich is a reporter who focuses on reporting Russia, Ukraine, and the former Soviet Union, according to his author biography on The Wall Street Journal’s website.
He has worked as a news assistant at the New York Times as well as a correspondent for Agence France-Presse, the Moscow Times, and both publications.