Russia Detains Wall Street Journal Reporter, Accuses Him Of Espionage

Russian authorities said Thursday they had detained an American journalist, Evan Gershkovich, a Moscow-based correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, accusing him of espionage.

The Federal Security Service, known by its Russian acronym FSB, said in a statement about Mr Gershkovich that “on the instructions of the United States, he collected information about one of the companies in Russia's military-industrial complex, which is a state secret.” The FSB is the successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB

An undated photo of journalist Evan Gershkovich.Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Gershkovich is being held in Yekaterinburg, a city about 900 miles east of Moscow in the Ural Mountains, according to a Russian state-owned news outlet, which reported the FSB statement.

The Wall Street Journal said in a statement that it was “greatly concerned for Mr. Gershkovich's safety.”

The US Embassy in Moscow did not immediately comment on the report.

Mr. Gershkovich has been working for the Journal in Moscow since January 2022 and previously reported in Russia for Agence France-Presse and The Moscow Times. Previously, she was news assistant for The New York Times, based in New York.

Victoria Kim reporting contribution.