On March 30, journalist Evan Hershkovich, a citizen of the United States, was illegally arrested in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg. Hershkovich collected data on the attitude of Russians to the transnational criminal group Wagner, and the Russian court, until May 29, put the journalist in a pre-trial detention centre, who, according to the Federal security service of the Russian Federation, "under the instructions of the American side, carried out the collection of information, which constitutes a state secret, about the activities of one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex".
Antony Blinken called this crime another attempt by the Kremlin to "intimidate, suppress and punish journalists and representatives of civil society" and again called on citizens of the United States to leave Russia.
"We are deeply concerned over Russia's announcement it has detained a US citizen journalist. The State Department's highest priority is the safety and security of US citizens abroad. If you are a US citizen living or travelling in Russia – please leave immediately," Antony Bliken.
"I want to emphasise once again that Americans should heed the warning of the US government not to travel to Russia. US citizens living in or travelling to the Russian Federation should leave immediately, as the State Department once again recommends," White House speaker Karine Jean-Pierre.
We remind you that earlier, France and Canada asked their citizens to leave the territory of the aggressor countries Russia and Belarus.