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Russia arrests Wall Street Journal reporter on spying charge

By The Associated Press 33 minutes ago

Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich is escorted by officers from the Lefortovsky court to a bus, 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

Russia’s security service arrested an American reporter for The Wall Street Journal on espionage charges, the first time a U.S. correspondent has been detained on spying accusations since the Cold War. The newspaper denied the allegations and demanded his release.

Evan Gershkovich, 31, was detained in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city, about 1,670 kilometers (1,035 miles) east of Moscow. Russia’s Federal Security Service accused him of trying to obtain classified information.

Known by the acronym FSB, the service is the top domestic security agency and main successor to the Soviet-era KGB. It alleged that Gershkovich “was acting on instructions from the American side to collect information about the activities of one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex that constitutes a state secret.”

The Journal “vehemently denies the allegations from the FSB and seeks the immediate release of our trusted and dedicated reporter, Evan Gershkovich,” the newspaper said. “We stand in solidarity with Evan and his family.”

The arrest comes at a moment of bitter tensions between the West and Moscow over its war in Ukraine and as the Kremlin intensifies a crackdown on opposition activists, independent journalists and civil society groups.



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Maj. Bill Martin:
What, what do you expect when they have an ex-KGB thug running the country as a dictator?

The sooner the Biden Idiocracy orders all Russians and Chinese nationals out of the USA, the better.

Either China is our greatest enemy, or they are not.  If they are, what games are we playing?  China is actively supporting Russia in Ukraine.  This would be equivalent to being friendly with Italy while Italy is allied with Nazi Germany.  We no longer have leaders that represent our nation.  Everyone in Washington is bought and paid for, particularly Biden and his entire crime family.

And the state of New York now seeks to arrest a former U.S. President on equally corrupt premises.


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