A Moscow court granted a two-month extensionuntil January 30, in the custody of the American journalist Evan Gerskovich, who was arrested at the end of March in Russia.

“The detention period of Evan Gerskovich (…) has been extended by two months (…), until January 30, 2024,” the Lefortovsky court said in a statement.

Wall Street Journal reporter Gershkovich was arrested by Russian security services while reporting in Yekaterinburg, Urals, on March 29.

Since then he has been held in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison, which is used by the Russian security services (FSB) to hold prisoners in near-total isolation.

The 31-year-old journalist, who has worked as a correspondent in Moscow and for the Agence France-Presse (AFP), is accused of espionage, which carries a 20-year prison sentence. He rejects the accusations, as does Washington, his newspaper, his environment and his family.