Evan Gershkovich Loved Russia, the Country That Turned on Him

The Wall Street Journal correspondent, whose parents fled the Soviet Union, made Moscow a second home. He was detained by the FSB and charged with espionage, an allegation the Journal vehemently denies.

Evan Gershkovich, right, in Moscow, pictured in 2019 alongside Polina Ivanova, left, and Pjotr Sauer, center, friends who are also Russia correspondents. Francesca Ebel

The cellphone was no longer pinging. The last time Wall Street Journal staff heard from Evan Gershkovich was Wednesday, just before 4 p.m., when he had arrived at a steakhouse in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg. It was the Russia correspondent’s second trip to the Ural mountains in a month.

Shortly before lunch, a colleague wrote him a text: “Hey buddy, good luck today.”

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