Russia has consistently pushed the bounds of decorum and devilishness in Ukraine, as their failing invasion brings them ever closer to abject barbarism an genocide.
For every horrid step toward calamity that Vladimir Putin takes, Russia is then forced to step-up their already-belligerent threats against the world at large, hoping to keep nudging back the line that, when crossed, would force the west to intervene.
The latest move from Moscow may be a step too far, however.
Russia’s security service arrested an American reporter for The Wall Street Journal on espionage charges, the first time a U.S. correspondent has been detained on spying accusations since the Cold War. The newspaper denied the allegations and demanded his release.
Evan Gershkovich, 31, was detained in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city, about 1,670 kilometers (1,035 miles) east of Moscow. Russia’s Federal Security Service accused him of trying to obtain classified information.
Dueling narratives soon emerged, and from predictably polar directions.
Known by the acronym FSB, the service is the top domestic security agency and main successor to the Soviet-era KGB. It alleged that Gershkovich “was acting on instructions from the American side to collect information about the activities of one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex that constitutes a state secret.”
The Journal “vehemently denies the allegations from the FSB and seeks the immediate release of our trusted and dedicated reporter, Evan Gershkovich,” the newspaper said. “We stand in solidarity with Evan and his family.”
The White House has condemned the arrest, stating that the charges are “ridiculous”.
Gershnovich will be held until May 29 in a pre-trial detention center.
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