Evan Gershkovich, 32, is an American journalist and reporter at The Wall Street Journal covering Russia. He was detained by Russia’s Federal Security Service on charges of espionage in March 2023, marking the first time a journalist working for an American outlet had been arrested on charges of spying in Russia since the Cold War. The White House and media advocacy groups have condemned the arrest.
Experts have speculated that the motivation behind the order for Gershkovich’s arrest was an anticipated prisoner exchange for one or more high-profile Russians imprisoned in other countries. Gershkovich, who remained in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine, was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine after his arrest in 2023.
Quote: “ ‘It’s now been almost or over eight months since he’s been imprisoned. And he’s missed out on so much. And we dearly miss him, but we have to stay strong and just keep fighting for Evan,’ Danielle Gershkovich [his sister] told Jim Sciutto on CNN Newsroom.
She says she and her family are able to communicate with Evan by letter while he’s in prison, adding that they’ve been amazed by his strength behind bars. ‘I think he’s just a really special person. I don’t think anyone could do what he’s doing,’ she said, adding that in his letters, ‘he works very, very hard to keep his spirits up and in the letters we tease each other a lot. We do a lot of jokes there.’ ”
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