Russia, Evan Gershkovich’s appeal rejected: the US journalist remains in prison

Evan Gershkovich, an American Wall Street Journal journalist arrested in Russia, remains in prison. This was established by the Moscow court which, in today’s appeal hearing, decided to deny the reporter bail in Russia. The reporter himself attended the hearing, accused of espionage. When the decision was read out in court, Gershkovich, who is bilingual in English/Russian told the judge that he didn’t need the English translation: “No no, I don’t need a translation.” “He has a fighting spirit. He is training and he knows people are supporting him,” said Maria Korchagina, one of Gershkovich’s lawyers.

US Ambassador: “Accuses unfounded, we support Gershkovich”

“We will continue to help Evan Gershkovich and ask for consular access. The allegations are unfounded. We continue to demand that Russia release him and Paul Whelan.” The US ambassador, Lynn Tracy, said this after learning of the decision of the Moscow court. “I speak from the steps of the courthouse where we were sitting,” the ambassador said. “It was hard for me to see how an innocent journalist was being held in such conditions. Yesterday, for the first time, I was allowed to see him in the pre-trial detention center. He is healthy and resisting, despite the circumstances.”

The security offered

The reporter’s legal team said they had offered the court bail of approximately $612,000 to release him from detention. Cnn reports it. “We suggested that the court consider choosing preventive measures not related to isolation from society, including house arrest, since Evan has a registration in the territory of Moscow or bail in the amount of 50 million rubles (612,000 dollars),” Korchagina said. “Dow Jones, the owner of the WSJ, has provided a letter of guarantee that if Evan is released from custody, they are ready to provide bail in the amount of 50 million rubles. But our request was denied,” he added. .