‘We keep the faith’: Biden says US is working to bring Evan Gershkovich home


President Joe Biden said this weekend he is doing everything in his power to free Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich from Russian custody, while friends and colleagues continue to send letters of support to keep his spirits up.

“We work every day to secure his release and are looking for ways and tools to bring him home,” Biden told the audience, which included Gershkovich’s parents, at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday. “We keep the faith.”

Gershkovich, who was found wrongly detained by the US State Department, was arrested by Russia’s Federal Security Service in Yekaterinburg in late March, becoming the first US journalist to be arrested on espionage charges since the Cold War.

Gershkovich, the Journal and the US have all denied the allegations.

A judge last month rejected Gershkovich’s request for release from custodythat is, he will remain there at least until May 29th.

Russia also blocked a request for a consular visit to the reporter on May 11 in retaliation for the US preventing Russian journalists from accompanying Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on his trip to the United Nations in New York.

“Other possible retaliatory measures, of which the US side will be duly informed, will be considered,” This was announced by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday.

“I am humbled and deeply touched by all the letters I have received. I read them all carefully and with gratitude,” Gershkovich said in a statement shared by his attorneys Thursday.

“One of the best ways to support him is to make sure he knows he’s the center of attention around the world right now,” Polina Ivanova, a former Financial Times staffer in Russia and a friend of Gershkovich who helps the letters to organize campaign, said NBC News.

Last week the Biden administration a new set of sanctions imposed intended to deter and punish those who wrongfully arrest and hold Americans hostage.

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