Subject: White House warns US citizens to depart Russia

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White House warns US citizens residing or traveling in Russia to depart immediately. Statement comes following arrest of US journalist in Moscow. See email.

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Statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Evan Gershkovich

We are deeply concerned by the troubling reports that Evan Gershkovich, an American citizen, has been detained in Russia.

Last night, White House and State Department Officials spoke with Mr. Gershkovich's employer, the Wall Street Journal. The Administration has also been in contact with his family. Furthermore, the State Department has been in direct touch with the Russian government on this matter, including actively working to secure consular access to Mr. Gershkovich.

The targeting of American citizens by the Russian government is unacceptable. We condemn the detention of Mr. Gershkovich in the strongest terms.

We also condemn the Russian government's continued targeting and repression of journalists and freedom of the press.

I want to strongly reiterate that Americans should heed the U.S. government's warning to not travel to Russia. U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Russia should depart immediately, as the State Department continues to advise.


⚠️ Emergencies Abroad:

If you are a U.S. citizen with an emergency situation, call the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest you. Someone will respond to your call 24 hours a day. View the official list. You can also call the numbers below:

U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs

24 Hour Consular Emergency Line

From the U.S. & Canada - 1-888-407-4747

From Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

If you are trying to locate a loved one in a crisis abroad, call the numbers above and see this list of action items.

Join the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important information from the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate about the safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.

Registering your trip can also help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.

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