Posted BY: | NwoReport
A reporter for the Wall Street Journal has been arrested in Russia on espionage charges, the country’s top security agency has said.
The Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the KGB, said on Thursday that Evan Gershkovich had been detained in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg while allegedly trying to obtain classified information.
The FSB alleged that he “was acting on the US orders to collect information about the activities of one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex that constitutes a state secret”.
The agency did not say when the arrest took place.
Mr. Gershkovich could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of espionage.
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He is the first reporter for an American news outlet to be arrested on espionage charges in Russia since the Cold War. Journalists condemned the arrest saying it sets a “dangerous precedent”.