Russia Rejects U.S. Journalist’s Appeal of Spying Arrest

From a Washington Post story by Mary Ilyushina headlined “Russia rejects U.S. journalist Gershkovich’s appeal of spying arrest”:

Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal reporter jailed in Russia and accused of espionage, appeared in a Moscow court on Tuesday to appeal his detention on the spying charges, which the United States and other Western governments have denounced as spurious.

The whole proceeding lasted barely 90 minutes, and the appeal was rejected, meaning Gershkovich will remain in prison while awaiting trial.

The arrest of Gershkovich, who is a U.S. citizen, crossed a new threshold in the Kremlin’s widespread crackdown on free speech and political dissent amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.