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US journalist jailed by Russia meets attorneys for first time, in good well being – editor

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FILE PHOTO: A view shows Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in Moscow

FILE PHOTO: A view reveals the pre-trial detention middle Lefortovo, the place Wall Road Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, arrested on suspicion of espionage, is reportedly being held in Moscow, Russia March 30, 2023. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/File Picture

Wall Road Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested and charged with espionage in Russia final week, met his attorneys for the primary time on Tuesday, editor-in-chief Emma Tucker stated in a message to employees.

“Evan’s well being is nice, and he’s grateful for the outpouring of help from around the globe,” Tucker stated within the letter, a duplicate of which was seen by Reuters.

“Evan’s household … are relieved to know we lastly have contact with Evan,” she stated, including she was inspired by the assembly. Final Thursday a Moscow courtroom remanded Gershkovich in pre-trial detention till Might 29 on costs that carry a jail time period of as much as 20 years.

He has appealed the detention by his attorneys, as Washington stated it was pushing arduous to safe his launch.

Russia’s FSB home safety service later stated it had detained a married Russian couple on suspicion of spying on a navy plant within the Siberian metropolis of Nizhny Tagil, which is residence to a tank manufacturing facility. Tass cited the FSB as saying the couple had handed on technical info to Ukraine.

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A Russian political knowledgeable final week instructed Reuters that Gershkovich had deliberate to journey to Nizhny Tagil, which is round 1,400 km (870 miles) east of Moscow.

A state-appointed official stated on Monday he had visited Gershkovich at Moscow’s Lefortovo jail, the principle pre-trial jail for high-profile suspects and people charged with espionage or treason.

“We proceed to name for his rapid launch. The authorized avenue is considered one of a number of avenues we’re working to advocate for Evan’s launch,” stated Tucker.

The Wall Road Journal denies the fees. The Kremlin stated final week, with out offering proof, that Gershkovich had been “caught red-handed”.


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