Russia arrests reporter, accusing him of spying

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Russia’s intelligence services have detained a U.S. citizen working for the Moscow bureau of The Wall Street Journal. A closed session Russian court formally arrested reporter Evan Gershkovich on charges of espionage and ordered the American journalist held until May 29, pending an investigation, Russian media report.

Gershkovich was on a reporting assignment in the Ural mountain city of Yekaterinburg when he was detained by agents from Russia’s Federal Security Services, the FSB, which accused him of carrying out “illegal activities” on behalf of the U.S. government.

In a statement, the agency alleged that Gershkovich, “acting on an assignment from the American side, was gathering information classified as a state secret about the activity of one of the enterprises of Russia’s military-industrial complex.”

The Urals mountain region is home to various Russian military factories.


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