Captured American Journalist Could Be Exchanged In SECRET U.S.-Russia Deal

By Tommy Wilson | Monday, 17 June 2024 09:20 PM
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In a recent development, the Kremlin has confirmed the occurrence of discussions with the United States concerning a potential prisoner swap.

The prisoner in question is Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who is currently facing espionage charges in Russia. The Kremlin, however, insists that these discussions should remain out of the media spotlight.

According to The New York Post, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov referred to President Vladimir Putin's earlier comments made during a meeting with senior international news agency editors. "I want to remind you again of the president’s conversation with the heads of information agencies in St. Petersburg — he confirmed that there are such contacts," Peskov stated. He further emphasized the need for discretion, saying, "They go on but should continue to be conducted in complete silence… Therefore, no announcements, statements, or information on this matter can be provided.”

When probed about the decision to conduct Gershkovich's espionage trial behind closed doors, Peskov maintained that he was not in a position to comment on court decisions. "This is a court decision. We cannot comment on it," Peskov said.

Gershkovich, a 32-year-old journalist, was apprehended by the Federal Security Service (FSB) on March 29, 2023, in a steak house in Yekaterinburg, a city located 1,400 km east of Moscow. The charges he faces could result in a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Gershkovich, the first American journalist to be detained on spy charges in Russia since the Cold War, has consistently refuted these allegations. His case underscores the ongoing tensions between the United States and Russia, and the potential prisoner exchange could mark a significant turning point in their relations.