WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ —
News Briefing with Advocates for Alsou Kurmasheva, journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty who is currently being held in detention by Russia.
Pavel Butorin, Alsou’s husband and Director of Current Time, RFE/RL’s digital platform (Russian); Jeffrey Gedmin, acting president, RFE/RL and Paul Beckett of the Wall Street Journal, the point person in the Evan Gershkovich case. Press Club President Eileen O’Reilly will moderate.
4 pm Eastern, Monday, Nov. 27
National Press Club, 13th Floor, National Press Building, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045
In May 2023, Alsou, who is a citizen of the United States and Russiatraveled to Kazan, Russia to assist her ailing mother. This was not a work trip but a health emergency. Upon attempting to depart Russia In June she was denied exit and ordered to remain in Kazan. She was detained on Oct. 18 for failing to self-register as a “foreign agent”. She is the 2n.d. US journalist to be detained by Russia since the end of the Cold War. The first was Evan Gershkovich of the Wall Street Journal who was taken at the end of March.
The US government has not yet been officially notified by Russia of Also’s detention and has not yet declared this case a wrongful detention. Also you have not been able to receive consular visits from the US Embassy. Any notes she sends to her family or receives from them are screened and censored. She very much misses her two children who are with her husband from ella in Prague.
In 2017, Russia designated eight RFE/RL services as “foreign agents” and has since labeled dozens of RFE/RL journalists as individual foreign agents. Also is not among them, and, was not working during her trip, but Russia insists she should have declared herself a “foreign agent.” This is the first known instance of an individual facing charges for failing to self-identify as a “foreign agent” in Russia.
The family and RFE/RL are asking the US to declare Also wrongfully detained and mobilize resources for her release. The family and RFE also call on Russia to release Also immediately and without conditions, as she has done nothing wrong.
Contact: Bill McCarren202-662-7534 for the National Press Club
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