Usa, Biden: I’m working like hell to get Gershkovich freed

At last night’s annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner Joe Biden said he is working “like hell” to get US journalists detained abroad released, praised the “absolute courage” of Evan Gershkovich, the US reporter detained in Russia on charges of espionage, and renewed its appeal to Moscow for his immediate release. The American media report it. (THE REQUEST FOR RELEASE)

The statements

The US president said the Wall Street Journal reporter, who is the first correspondent since the Cold War to be detained in Russia on espionage charges, tried to “shed light on the darkness” in the country and he said American efforts to bring him home would not cease. Biden addressed Gershkovich’s parents directly, who were in attendance and received the standing ovation of the more than 2,000 attendees at the event, some of them wearing a ‘Free Evan’ T-shirt. Also present is Brittney Griner, detained in recent months in Russia on drug dealing charges and released in a prisoner exchange with Moscow. The dinner was attended by Debra Tice, whose son Austin disappeared in 2012 while at a checkpoint in Syria while working for the Washington Post and CBS.