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‘I Just See My Little Brother’: Evan Gershkovich’s Sister Speaks Out on One-Year Anniversary of His Detainment in Russia

Media outlets are marking one year since Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich was wrongly detained in Russia and charged with espionage for doing his job. Members of Gershkovich’s family have spent the last year trying to keep his name

Media outlets are marking one year since Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich was wrongly detained in Russia and charged with espionage for doing his job. Members of Gershkovich’s family have spent the last year trying to keep his name in the news, and his sister Danielle Gershkovich did her part on two networks.

On Thursday, the eve of the one-year anniversary, Gershkovich spoke with NewsNation’s Connell McShane:

McShane: What types of thoughts are going through your mind today?

Gershkovich: Well, it’s devastating to know that he is going to be in prison without a trial for over a year. Every single day is time taken away from him, and I’m constantly thinking about him. I think my parents and I have described it as us holding our breath. So, we are incredibly grateful for all the efforts that are in motion to to keep the spotlight on Evan. We’re so grateful for The Wall Street Journal, for news publications all around the world. And we know the White House is taking this very seriously and they’re working around the clock to get Evan home.

She also discussed her regular letter-writing with her brother, saying “Every time a letter comes, it feels like Christmas morning.”

On Friday morning, Fox News featured a conversation between Gershkovich and anchor Bill Hemmer, which hit on some more personal elements of the story:

Hemmer: When you see him on your television, what do you and your parents look for?

Gershkovich: We look for signs that Evan is okay and he’s doing well. He has a lot of little mannerisms, and we just notice all of his expressions, his smiles. It’s incredible. He’s holding on, and he’s so strong.

Hemmer: It’s interesting you mention his smile because I see kind of a sly smile when he’s in court. You know, almost as if he’s saying to the world, you know, “This is all a joke. It’s not true.” And how do you how do you read that, knowing that, you know, he’s your younger brother?

Gershkovich: Well, Evan’s innocent, so I think that might be part of it. He was an accredited journalist on assignment from The Wall Street Journal. So he’s an innocent man behind bars. And I just see my little brother there too. He’s just always been kind of mischievous and silly, so it’s just very near and dear smile to me.

For more coverage on Evan Gershkovich, visit The Wall Street Journal.

Watch the videos above via NewsNation and Fox News.

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