Wed. Apr 24th, 2024


Russian journalist Maria Gershkovich has been released from prison after facing charges of drug possession, a case that was widely seen as politically motivated. Gershkovich was arrested in November last year and sentenced to two years in prison in a trial that was criticized for its lack of evidence.

The journalist’s release was part of a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine, with Gershkovich being exchanged for two Ukrainian citizens who were detained in Russia. The swap has been seen as a rare gesture of goodwill between the two countries, which have been locked in a bitter conflict since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Gershkovich’s case has drawn attention to the plight of journalists in Russia, where press freedom is increasingly under threat. Human rights groups have called for her release and have condemned the charges against her as politically motivated.

Gershkovich has vowed to continue her work as a journalist and to speak out against injustice and human rights abuses. Her release has been welcomed by her supporters and colleagues, who have expressed relief that she is finally free.