Kremlin Says Detained U.S. Reporter 'Violated' Russian Law
The reporter works for the Wall Street Journal
On Tuesday, the Kremlin said Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich had "violated Russian law" and been caught "red-handed", after the U.S. State Department officially designated him as having been "wrongfully detained" by Russia.
Russia's federal security service (FSB) arrested Gershkovich last month on espionage charges widely decried as bogus by the White House, other Western countries, The Wall Street Journal, dozens of media organizations and human rights groups.
The United States' determination that he was "wrongfully detained" means that it believes he was targeted primarily because he is an American citizen; its transfer of the case from the State Department to the office of the Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs raises the issue's political profile.
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