Basketball superstar Brittany GrinerThe Wall Street Journal expressed concern for the reporter, who had been detained in Russia for months Ivan Gershkovichwho was arrested in that country last week.
“Our hearts have been filled with great concern for Ivan Gershkovich and his family since Ivan’s detention in Russia,” Griner said in a joint statement with his wife. Cheryl, on Saturday. “We must do everything in our power to bring him and all Americans back home.”
“Every American who has been taken to fight for us and every American who returns is a victory for all of us,” they added.
Griner had previously been held in a Russian prison for several months He was released in December A one-for-one prisoner swap for international arms deals Victor bout. Greeners said they were “grateful” for the Biden administration’s “commitment to rescue Americans” and praised the administration’s recent efforts to deliver. Aid worker Jeff Wood And “Hotel Rwanda” hero Paul Rusbagina.
Greeners called on supporters to encourage the administration to “use every tool possible to bring Ivan and all wrongfully detained Americans home.”
Russian authorities arrested him on charges of spying for Washington, Russia’s FSB security service said Thursday. The FSB security services said they had “stopped the illegal activities of Ivan Gershkovich, a US citizen,” telling a Wall Street Journal reporter “suspected of espionage for the interests of the US government.”
The Wall Street Journal said it denies the allegations and is seeking the 31-year-old journalist’s immediate release. On Friday, President Joe Biden urged Russia to “let him go.”
Editor-in-Chief of the Wall Street Journal Emma Tucker said “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan said Sunday that they were unable to reach her, but said Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s rare call Sunday to his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, was “very reassuring.”
“We know the U.S. government is taking the case very seriously, right up to the top,” Tucker said Sunday
For now, they hope the US government will take “swift” action to identify Gershkovich as wrongfully detained.
“When that happens, it’s an official acknowledgment that the allegations against Ivan are completely bogus. And once that official acknowledgment comes, things can move much faster,” he said.
Gershkovich’s arrest comes as western journalists face increasing sanctions in Russia. Workers at Western media outlets often report nudity, especially when traveling outside the major urban centers of Moscow and St. Petersburg.