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Wall Street Journal reporter arrives at Moscow court for detention hearing

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The FSB filed a request to extend the journalist’s detention, a WSJ editor said.

LONDON — The Wall Street Journal reporter detained in Russia arrived at a Moscow court on Thursday for the latest hearing about extending his pre-trial detention.

Evan Gershkovich, a correspondent with the paper’s Moscow bureau, was arrested in March and stands accused of “acting on the instructions of the American side” and collecting state secrets about the military.

The FSB filed a request to extend the journalist’s detention for “an unspecified period of time” as he awaits trial, Emma Moody, the Journal’s editor for Standards and Ethics, said in an email to staff on Wednesday, citing Russian media reports.

PHOTO: US journalist Evan Gershkovich, arrested on espionage charges, stands inside a defendants' cage at Moscow City Court in Moscow, Russia. U.S. Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy stands nearby in a blue blazer. April 18, 2023.

US journalist Evan Gershkovich, arrested on espionage charges, stands inside a defendants’ cage at Moscow City Court in Moscow, Russia. U.S. Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy stands nearby in a blue blazer. April 18, 2023.

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Russia’s state media agency, TASS, reported a hearing on that request would be held Thursday, Moody said.

Gerskovich appeared in court in April and June for hearings to appeal his pre-trial detention, which had been approved through Aug. 30. Under Russian law, prosecutors are required to request his pre-trial detention be continued every few months.

PHOTO: Journalist Evan Gershkovich is escorted outside the Lefortovsky Court in Moscow on August 24, 2023.

Journalist Evan Gershkovich is escorted outside the Lefortovsky Court in Moscow on August 24, 2023.

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The Biden administration and the Kremlin have both confirmed they are in discussions to find a possible deal to free Gerskovich, likely in a prisoner swap. But the U.S. has said so far there is little progress.

President Joe Biden, who spoke with Gershkovich’s family in April, has said the detention was “totally illegal.”

PHOTO: Journalist Evan Gershkovich, arrested on espionage charges, stands inside a defendants' cage before a hearing to consider an appeal on his extended detention at The Moscow City Court in Moscow on June 22, 2023.

Journalist Evan Gershkovich, arrested on espionage charges, stands inside a defendants’ cage before a hearing to consider an appeal on his extended detention at The Moscow City Court in Moscow on June 22, 2023.

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State department officials said the U.S. determined the journalist had been “wrongfully detained.” The House of Representatives in June unanimously passed a resolution calling for the immediate release of Gershkovich and Paul Whelan, another American being held in Russia.

ABC News’ Patrick Reevell and Shannon Crawford contributed to this story.

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