Blinken Says Formal Process Begun for Detained U.S. Journalist

Reporter Gershkovich is being held in Russia for espionage charges.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters in Brussels that the United States is working through a formal process to determine whether Evan Gershkovich, a reporter and a U.S. citizen, is being wrongfully detained in Russia. Russia’s FSB security service arrested Gershkovich on March 30, claiming that he was illegally gathering state secrets about a Russian defense company. However, even Secretary Blinken openly doubted this claim.

“In my own mind, there’s no doubt that he’s being wrongfully detained by Russia, which is exactly what I said to Foreign Minister (Sergei) Lavrov when I spoke to him over the weekend and insisted that Evan be released immediately,” Blinken said. “It’s something that we’re working through very deliberately, but expeditiously as well. And I’ll let that process play out.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Blinken as he works with Russia to secure the American citizen’s freedom.
  • That the formal process offers a clearer picture of Gershkovich’s situation.
  • For the Department of State as they deal with both allies and combative peers of the United States

Sources: Department of State, Reuters,


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