U.S. Ambassador Visits Imprisoned American Journalist In Russia, Calls For Release

  • U.S. Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy said she visited Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who the U.S. has said was wrongfully detained by Russia, in a Moscow prison on Monday.
  • The visit marked the first time embassy officials were allowed to meet Gershkovich in person since Russian authorities arrested him in March on alleged espionage charges.
  • Gershkovich’s arrest marked the first time a U.S. journalist was detained in an espionage case in Russia since the Cold War, per the Committee to Protect Journalists.