WNBA star Brittney Griner, wife Cherelle encourage White House to bring detained reporter home from Russia

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WNBA star Brittney Griner She and her wife, Cheryl, called on the Biden administration to bring Wall Street Journal reporter Ivan Gershkovitch home from Russia.

Greiner, who was released from a Russian prison last year in a prisoner exchange for a convicted arms dealer, made the comment on Saturday.

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Cheryl Griner and Brittney Griner speak during the 54th NAACP Image Awards on February 25, 2023 in Pasadena, California.

Cheryl Griner and Brittney Griner speak during the 54th NAACP Image Awards on February 25, 2023 in Pasadena, California. (Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET)

“Our hearts have been filled with great concern for Ivan (Gershkovitch) and his family since Ivan detention in Russia. We must do everything we can to bring him and all Americans home.”

“We are grateful to President Biden and his administration’s deep commitment to saving Americans. We celebrate their recent successful efforts to bring Jeff Woodk and Paul Rusesabagina home.

“Every American that is taken to us to fight for and every American that comes back is a win for all.

That is why we call on all of our supporters to celebrate the victories and encourage the administration to continue to use every tool possible to bring home Evan and all Americans wrongfully detained. “

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The Federal Security Service said in a statement reported by the official news agency (RIA Novosti) that Gershkovitch “is suspected of spying for the US government.” The FSB added that his “illegal activities” were “suppressed”.

Russian officials have arrested Wall Street Journal reporter Ivan Gershkovich on espionage charges.

Russian officials have arrested Wall Street Journal reporter Ivan Gershkovich on espionage charges. (Fox News)

The Russian state agency claimed that it had arrested the journalist while he was trying to “obtain classified information” “about the activities of an enterprise of the Russian military-industrial complex”.

RIA Novosti reported that the Investigation Department of the FSB opened a criminal case under the article on charges of espionage.

the The newspaper defended its reporter Russia denied the allegations in a statement.

Caitlyn Reuss, the Wall Street Journal’s senior director of communications, wrote, “The Wall Street Journal vigorously denies the FSB allegations and seeks the immediate release of our trusted and dedicated reporter, Ivan Gershkovitch. We stand in solidarity with Ivan and his family.”

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The newspaper said Gershkovich spoke about Russia as part of the newspaper’s Moscow bureau. The FSB also said he was approved to work as a journalist in Russia by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Fox News’ Kristen Parks contributed to this report.

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