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MOSCOW – A Russian court has extended the arrest of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich for another three months on Tuesday.
An American journalist is facing unsubstantiated espionage charges.
Tuesday’s verdict means Gershkovich will remain in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison until at least Aug. 30.
Gershkovich’s parents left the United States for Moscow and were reportedly allowed to go to court without trial.
Russian police arrested Gershkovich while reporting in Russia’s Ural Mountains in March.
The Kremlin says the American was caught “in vain,” but has not provided evidence.
Gershkovich and Wall Street Journal Instead of denying the spying claims – I note that Gershkovich was a certified journalist working in Russia at the time of his arrest.
The US government has designated Gershkovich as “wrongfully imprisoned” and wants his immediate release.