A Russian court extends the detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich until August 30 on unsubstantiated espionage charges.
The specifics: Gershkovich, an American journalist, was detained in March while on a reporting assignment in Russia’s Ural mountains.
* Russian security agents claim he was caught “red-handed,” but provided no evidence.
Denying allegations: Both Gershkovich and the Wall Street Journal reject the spying claims, stating he was an accredited journalist working in Russia at the time of his detention.
US government response: The US has designated Gershkovich as “wrongfully detained” and demanded his immediate release.
Family involvement: Gershkovich’s parents traveled from the United States to Moscow and were reportedly allowed to attend the closed court hearing.
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