Russia’s FSB security service detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich on Thursday in Yekaterinburg, Urals, on suspicion of espionage, Interfax News Agency reported.
In a statement quoted by Interfax, the FSB said that “US citizen Gershkovich Evan, born in 1991, has stopped his illegal activities and is a correspondent for the Moscow bureau of the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal, which is accredited in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
Evan is suspected of spying in the interests of the American government.
No statement has been received from the newspaper yet.
It was noted that Gershkovich was tasked with collecting information on the activities of one of the enterprises in the military defense complex.
However, no evidence on the subject was shared.