Extension of Detention of Evan Gershkovich

FILE - Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands in a glass cage in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

U.S. Embassy Moscow

Press Release

Evan Gershkovich – Extension of Detention

May 23, 2023

We are deeply concerned by today’s Russian court decision to prolong the pre-trial detention of U.S. citizen Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich by an additional three months.    This follows last week’s denial of the Embassy’s request for a consular visit to Evan Gershkovich, marking the second time Russian authorities have unjustifiably denied consular access in this case.

The United States strongly objects to Russia’s ongoing denial of consular access to Mr. Gershkovich.  We reiterate that the claims against him are baseless and call for Mr. Gershkovich’s immediate release.