The Russian government says it will grant the United States consular access to a Wall Street Journal reporter charged with spying.
US newspaper reporter arrested in Russia on spy charges
Russia has charged a US correspondent for the Wall Street Journal with spying, the first time a US reporter has been put behind bars on espionage accusations since the Cold War.
The newspaper denied the allegations and demanded the immediate release of “trusted and dedicated reporter” Evan Gershkovich.
Gershkovich, a 31-year-old who has worked in Russia as a journalist for six years, is the highest-profile US citizen arrested there since basketball star Brittney Griner, who was freed in December after 10 months in jail on drugs charges.
The FSB said it arrested Gershkovich in the Urals industrial city of Yekaterinburg, “suspected of spying in the interests of the American government” by collecting information on “one of the enterprises of Russia’s military-industrial complex”, which it did not identify.