Moscow court docket extends WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich jail sentence – JURIST

A Moscow court docket dominated on Friday to extend the sentence of imprisoned Wall Road Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich by two months. Gershkovich, a US citizen, has been detained in Moscow since March 29, 2023 on espionage expenses. That is the fourth extension of his sentence. He’ll now spend greater than a yr behind bars earlier than the trial begins.

Russia has accused Gershkovich of involvement in espionage towards the Russian authorities. The US Division of State has said Gershkovich is wrongfully detained and reaffirmed the division is actively working in the direction of securing his launch. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has mentioned that the US authorities is on the lookout for the appropriate solution to free him. To date, the US’s efforts to safe Gershkovich’s launch have been unsuccessful.

Russia additionally at the moment holds corporate-security government Paul Whelan and Radio Free Europe reporter Alsu Kurmasheva on associated expenses. Russian authorities arrested and convicted Whelan in 2020 on espionage expenses. He’s now serving out a 16 yr sentence in a Russian penal colony. Like Gershkovich, the US authorities has decided Whelan is wrongfully detained and can also be working to safe his launch, together with Kurmasheva.

The US embassy said that in visits with Gershkovich, he stays resilient. The Wall Road Journal continues to strongly condemn the extension of Gershkovich’s sentence.

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