US President Joe Biden has called on Russia to free detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich.
US urges Russia to release detained newspaper reporter
US President Joe Biden has urged Russia to release Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich after the country’s security service arrested him on espionage charges – allegations that the newspaper denies.
“Let him go,” Biden told reporters at the White House on Friday morning when asked about his message to Russian authorities on the arrest of Gershkovich.
Russia’s Federal Security Service has accused Gershkovich, a US citizen, of trying to obtain classified information.
It is the first time a US journalist has been detained on accusations of spying since the Cold War.