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Moscow. The first letter from Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich from a Moscow detention center

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U.S. consular officials have not been granted access to Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who is being held in Russian custody, US Foreign Secretary Anthony Blinken said. Meanwhile, Gershkovich’s editorial office published his letter to his loved ones.

Russian services detained Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich in late March in the Urals. He is the first American correspondent since the Cold War to be detained for alleged espionage.

On Saturday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, quoted by Reuters, reported that consular officials USA they were not given access to the reporter. Blinken said Moscow should grant access to Gershkovich “now”.

Evan GershkovichThe Wall Street Journal

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A journalist writes from prison. “I read. I exercise. And I try to write”

On Friday, The Wall Street Journal published the first letter Gershkovich wrote from Moscow’s Lefortovo detention center to “his beloved family.” Russian independent media pointed out that the letter has only two pages. It was written on April 5, in Russian. The Wall Street Journal explained that Gershkovich’s parents are Soviet immigrants and communicate with their son in Russian.

“I want to say that I do not lose hope. I read. I exercise. And I try to write. Maybe I will finally write something good,” wrote the journalist.

Gershkovich joked that his mother “prepared him well for prison food.” According to him, in the morning in the detention center they serve semolina or oatmeal or gruel, which reminds him of his childhood.

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Prison where Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich is held, MoscowPAP/EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

The journalist in the letter confirmed that he had received a package from a friend that contained necessities, including clothes, toiletries, cutlery, flip-flops, clothes and pens. He ended the letter with “See you soon. Please write to me” and signed the name his parents probably use to describe him: “Vanya”.

Gershkovich’s 66-year-old mother said she was very happy about the letter. “These are my son’s words, no one else’s,” she said.

Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, meduza.io

Main photo source: The Wall Street Journal

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