- The Federal Security Service detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in Ekaterinburg on suspicion of spying.
- Gershkovich, a US national, is the first foreign journalist detained on spying charges since the Cold War.
- The FSB claims Gershkovich was collecting information constituting a state secret about one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex.
- Media freedom groups expressed alarm at the arrest and urged Russia to immediately release him.
- Gershkovich had travelled to Ekaterinburg for a story on the Wagner paramilitary group that is part of the Russian offensive in Ukraine.
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Russia detains Wall Street Journal reporter on suspicion of spying
Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich has been detained in Russia on suspicion of spying, the first foreign journalist to be charged with espionage since the Cold War.