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WSJ Reporter Stuck In Russian Prison On Espionage Charge

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A Russian court upheld the imprisonment of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, accused of espionage, denying his latest appeal.

Gershkovich has been wrongfully detained for nearly a year in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison, with no evidence presented to support the allegations.

“Evan Gershkovich appeared in the Moscow City Court today, where an appeal of his wrongful detention was denied once again,” the Journal stated.

“It’s been nearly one year since Evan’s unjust arrest for doing nothing more than his job, and every day he remains in prison is an unconscionable attack on a free press. Evan is a journalist, and any suggestion or portrayal otherwise is fiction. We continue to demand his immediate release.”

Russian President Putin hinted at a possible prisoner exchange for Gershkovich’s release, indicating ongoing discussions between the U.S. and Russia.

“There is no taboo to settle this issue. We’re willing to solve it,” Putin said. “But there are certain terms being discussed via special services channels. I believe an agreement can be reached.”

The Wall Street Journal continues to demand his immediate release, emphasizing his unjust detention and the importance of press freedom.

“300 days is 300 too long for Evan to be wrongfully detained by Russia. Evan was doing his job as a journalist, and any portrayal to the contrary is fiction,” Wall Street Journal assistant editor Paul Beckett said.

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