WSJ reporter Gershkovich cherished every part about Russia

Evan Gershkovich

Joe Parkinson and Drew Hinshaw of The Wall Road Journal profile colleague Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested in Russia earlier this week.

Parkinson and Hinshaw write, “Mr. Gershkovich, 31 years previous, is the American son of Soviet-born Jewish exiles who had settled in New Jersey. He fell in love with Russia—its language, the individuals he chatted with for hours in regional capitals, the punk bands he frolicked with at Moscow dive bars. Now, espionage costs go away him going through a attainable jail sentence of as much as 20 years.

“His employer, colleagues and the Biden administration all deny Russia’s claim that he was spying on behalf of the U.S., and have referred to as for his instant launch. Diplomats and authorized consultants see little hope Mr. Gershkovich, a reporter accredited by the Russian international ministry, will instantly be freed, on condition that espionage trials in Russia are carried out in secret and nearly all the time finish in a conviction.

“5 and a half years earlier, Mr. Gershkovich confirmed up in Russia as media freedoms have been fading. He spent his weekends chatting about music, politics and the information within the banya, or sauna, and was all the time prepared to assist competing journalists. His Russian associates knew him not as Evan, however Vanya.”

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