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Newsline: U.S. ambassador meets with journalist detained in Russia

U.S. Embassy officials were able to meet with Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich for the first time in a Russian prison, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy confirmed Monday. “I visited @WSJ’s Evan #Gershkovich today at Lefortovo Prison — the first time we’ve been permitted access to him since his wrongful detention more than two weeks ago. He is in good health and remains strong. We reiterate our call for his immediate release,” Tracy tweeted Monday afternoon. (https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2023/04/17/embassy-ambassador-moscow-meets-imprisoned-journalist-gershkovich/1821681752014/) She did not elaborate further on the meeting. Gershkovich, 31, was first detained last month and later formally charged with espionage, accused of spying on Russia for the United States. A Russian court ordered him to remain in custody until May 29.

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