WSJ reporter appeals against extension of detention in Russia

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Wall Street Journal reporter Ivan Gershkovich has appealed against a Russian court’s decision to extend his pre-trial detention for three months, court data showed Friday.

Gershkovich, a US citizen, was arrested in March on espionage charges after Russia’s FSB security service accused him of collecting military secrets in the city of Yekaterinburg.

He was initially remanded in custody till May 29, but on Tuesday, a court in a closed hearing extended his custody till August 30.

The United States says he has been wrongfully detained and demands his immediate release.