US Journalist Evan Gershkovich To Stand Trial In Russia

American journalist Evan Gershkovich will stand trial in Russia on charges of spying for the CIA, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter, was arrested in March 2023 on what many in the West consider trumped-up charges by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s repressive government.

President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Putin to release Gershkovich, 32, who was arrested while on a reporting trip in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg. Gershkovich, his employer and the U.S. government have all vehemently denied the allegations.

After more than a year in pretrial detention, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office said Thursday that Gershkovich’s case would be sent to the Sverdlovsk Regional Court, in the city where he was arrested, for trial at an unspecified date.

The prosecutor’s office said that Gershkovich’s indictment on espionage charges had been finalized following an investigation by Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB.

It said he had “acted on instructions from the CIA” and “collected secret information” about the manufacturer Uralvagonzavod, a facility in the region that produces and repairs military equipment. It added that “illegal actions were carried out by Gershkovich in compliance with careful measures of secrecy.”

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