Russia court docket prolongs detention of Russian-American journalist in ‘overseas agent’ case – JURIST


A district court docket in Kazan, Russia extended on Friday the detention of Alsu Kurmasheva, a journalist holding each Russian and United States citizenship, in line with Russian state media. Kurmasheva faces allegations of failing to stick to Russia’s stringent overseas agent registration law. This choice, extending her confinement till February 5, was made with out setting a definitive trial date.

Kurmasheva, who’s related to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), was detained in October. She faces accusations of neglecting to register as a overseas agent, an offense in Russian regulation that carries the specter of a possible five-year jail time period.

Jeffrey Gedmin, RFE/RL’s appearing president, strongly condemned Kurmasheva’s detention, denouncing it as unjust and politically motivated. He implored Russian authorities to right away launch her and grant her the consular entry warranted by her US citizenship, and advocated for her immediate reunion with household.

This incident marks the second detention of a U.S. journalist in Russia this yr. In March, Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Road Journal correspondent, was apprehended on espionage expenses—a vehemently denied accusation by Gershkovich, his employer and US President Joe Biden. This incident has escalated worldwide issues, prompting a better examination of Moscow’s use of what some label as “hostage diplomacy.”

The appliance of Russia’s “overseas agent” label has garnered worldwide criticism for its function in stifling impartial media throughout the nation. Kurmasheva’s case underscores the rising issues about journalistic freedoms and the therapy of overseas people navigating Russia’s authorized system, echoing comparable apprehensions raised in previous incidents involving US nationals.

Reporters With out Borders urged the US Division State to designate Kurmasheva as “wrongfully detained” and urged Russia to right away drop the “ludicrous expenses.”

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