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US Senate leaders demand Russia release American journalist


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top two leaders are demanding the immediate release of Evan Gershkovich. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell released a rare joint statement Friday. They condemned Russia’s detention of the Wall Street Journal reporter and demanded his release. They declared: “Journalism is not a crime.” The U.S. is working to end what it calls the unlawful detention of Gershkovich. He is the first journalist to be held on alleged espionage claims since the Cold War.

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