(PHOTO) The journalist of "Wall Street Journal" remains in Moscow, the court extended his detention

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A court in the Russian capital has ruled to keep Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in custody pending his trial on espionage charges he denies.

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The Moscow City Court rejected an appeal against Gershkovich's detention by his lawyers, upholding an earlier decision to keep him behind bars until the end of March.

The court order means Gershkovich, 32, will spend at least a year behind bars in Russia after his arrest in March 2023 while on a reporting trip to the Russian city of Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains.

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Gershkovich and the Journal denied the espionage allegations, and the US government said he was wrongfully detained.

Russian authorities have not cited any evidence to support the espionage charges.

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Gershkovich is the first American reporter charged with espionage in Russia since 1986, when Nicholas Daniloff, a Moscow correspondent for US News and World Report, was arrested by the KGB.

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Gershkovich is in Lefortovo prison in Moscow, known for its harsh conditions.

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