Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich arrested in Russia for alleged spying | World News

A US reporter has been arrested in Russia for allegedly spying for Washington, Russian security services have said.

Wall Street Journal writer Evan Gershkovich was held in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg accused of trying to obtain classified information, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Thursday.

Mr Gershkovich, 31, is the first reporter for an American news outlet to be arrested on espionage charges in Russia since the Cold War.

The arrest is also the most serious public move against a foreign journalist by Moscow since Russia invaded Ukraine.

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Mr Gershkovich, who covers Russia and is based at the paper’s Moscow bureau, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of espionage.

The Wall Street Journal said it was “deeply concerned” for its…

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