O Russian Public Prosecutor’s Office announced today that Evan Gershkovich will soon be tried for espionage, accused of having collected information about a tank factory for the CIA (American intelligence services).

According to the Russian Prosecutor’s Office, the trial of The Wall Street Journal correspondent in Russia will take place in Ekaterinburg, in the Urals, where he was detained in March 2023.

“These accusations have no credibility whatsoever”, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters, adding that “the accusations are false and that the Russian Government knows it”.

Reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Evan Gershkovich was arrested by the FSB (Russian secret services, heirs of the Soviet KGB) during a report in Ekaterinburg, in the Urals, and faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Russia never substantiated the accusations or publicly presented any evidence. The entire process was classified as secret.

Evan Gershkovich rejects the accusations of “espionage”, as do the United States, the newspaper he works for, his close circle and his family.

In a statement, The Wall Street Journal newspaper condemned what it considered to be “a scandalous travesty” of justice and called on the United States Government to “help secure the immediate release” of the journalist.

Gershkovich is in Lefortovo prison, in Moscow, known for its harsh conditions and the term of pre-trial detention ends on the 30th.

Gershkovich is the first American reporter to be arrested on espionage charges in Russia since September 1986, when Nicholas Daniloff, Moscow correspondent for US News and World Report, was detained by Russian security authorities.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2579911/eua-consideram-sem-credibilidade-acusacoes-contra-jornalista-detido-na-russia

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