Nicholas Daniloff: My Time in a Moscow Prison

From a Wall Street Journal column by Nicholas Daniloff headlined “Evan Gershkovich and My Time in a Moscow Prison”:

I was Moscow bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report, on Aug. 30, 1986, when the KGB arrested me and falsely accused me of being a spy. I know what Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich and his family are going through.

I had only days left on my five-year tour. I met a friend, or so I thought, to say farewell in a park near my apartment. We exchanged parting gifts. A white van I had noticed earlier pulled up beside me. The door slid open abruptly and half a dozen men emerged. A heavyset man threw me forward, pulled my hands behind my back and snapped handcuffs on my wrists.