"The Wall Street Journal demands the immediate release of our colleague Evan Gershkovich, an outstanding journalist who was arrested while covering events in Russia," the report said.

The statement clarifies that the publication considers the accusations against the journalist as a "cruel insult" to the freedom of the press.

Earlier, the coordinator for strategic communications at the White House National Security Council, John Kirby, said that American journalists currently in Russia should immediately leave the country.

US President Joe Biden appealed to the Russian authorities to release The Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich, arrested on March 30 in Russia for espionage.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov stressed that the journalist was caught red-handed.