A US journalist was arrested by Russia for attempting to share sensitive information with a foreign country.
Alsu Kurmasheva, a dual Russian-US citizen, has been accused of collecting information about Russian military activities on the internet, the Financial Times reported.
Why Was Kurmasheva Arrested?
The Russian authorities have accused Kurmasheva of using the internet to gather information about Russian military activities.
The Financial Times said Kurmasheva worked for a US-funded Radio Free Europe/Liberty outlet, making her suspicious in Russia’s eyes.
If she is proven guilty, Kurmasheva may have to spend five years in prison.
Journalist Organization Pleads Russia
The Committee to Protect Journalists, a non-profit organization, has urged Russia to release Kurmasheva immediately.
“CPJ is deeply concerned by the detention of U.S-Russian journalist Alsu Kurmasheva on spurious criminal charges,” the statement said.
This is not the first time Russia has arrested a US journalist.
In March 2023, Russian authorities detained WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich for espionage.