The Russian émigré parents of journalist Evan Gershkovich raised him to know and love the culture of their homeland. Now they look for Russia to release their detained child.
In barring U.S. officials from visiting Evan Gershkovich, Moscow blamed Washington over the visa status of its reporters.
Russia’s foreign minister said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign-affairs adviser had received calls about the Wall Street Journal reporter and the former U.S. Marine, both held in Russia.
A House committee advances bipartisan resolutions calling on Russia to release Evan Gershkovich and Paul Whelan.
Robert Shonov is accused of helping Washington undermine Moscow’s interests, and his arrest comes amid a broadening Kremlin campaign against Western influence.
A multilateral prisoner swap would require exquisite execution, carrying the risk of falling apart in many different ways at any point.
Signed by about 70 lawmakers, the letter condemns Russia for stealing part of the journalist’s life.
A strong vote in support of the measure could strengthen the Biden administration’s efforts to get Evan Gershkovich returned to the U.S.
“For us, this is personal,” said the Jewish Federations of North America.
A requirement that detained American citizens sign a form before the government can share information about their cases hamstrings officials.
Even before the arrest of Evan Gershkovich, journalism was dangerous. The few independent Russian reporters still in the country speak about their work and the risks they face.