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Russia Extends American RFE/RL Journalist’s Detention for Sixth Time

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is outraged at today’s ruling in Russia to extend RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva’s pretrial detention for the sixth time. For eight months, Alsu has been detained unjustly in a Russian prison simply for being an American.

Pavel Butorin leans over a table to shake hands with Senator Chris Van Hollen.
WASHINGTON – Pavel Butorin meets with Senator Chris Van Hollen, March 14, 2024.
Family of Detained RFE/RL Journalist Alsu Kurmasheva Meets Top Biden Aides, Lawmakers, Hostage Advocates in Washington, D.C.

Family of Detained RFE/RL Journalist Alsu Kurmasheva Meets Top Biden Aides, Lawmakers, Hostage Advocates in Washington, D.C.

The husband and children of American RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva—who is spending her 150th day in a Russian prison—spent a productive week in Washington, D.C.

Ukraine -- RFE/RL president Stephen Capus meeting with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, February 26, 2024
Ukraine — RFE/RL president Stephen Capus meeting with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, February 26, 2024
RFE/RL President Capus Meets Ukrainian President Zelenskiy, Discusses Imprisoned Journalist in Crimea

RFE/RL President Capus Meets Ukrainian President Zelenskiy, Discusses Imprisoned Journalist in Crimea

RFE/RL Russian Service journalist Svetlana Obratnova explains how her service is covering the war in Ukraine.

Edgars Rinkevics, President of Latvia.
Edgars Rinkevics, President of Latvia.
RFE/RL Marks One Year of New Offices in Riga and Vilnius

RFE/RL Marks One Year of New Offices in Riga and Vilnius

January 12 marks the first anniversary of the opening of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Riga office.


Journalists in Trouble: President Biden Calls for Alsu Kurmasheva’s Release

President Biden calls for Alsu Kurmasheva’s release; RFE/RL hosts World Press Freedom Day reception with families of imprisoned journalists; and more.

Journalists in Trouble: Alsu Kurmasheva’s Family Fights for Her in Washington  

Alsu Kurmasheva’s family advocates for her; Vladyslav Yesypenko marks three years in detention; Iran’s judiciary targets RFE/RL journalists; and more. 

Journalists in Trouble: Russian Authorities Declare RFE/RL an “Undesirable Organization”

RFE/RL declared “undesirable” in Russia; Russian court upholds Alsu Kurmasheva’s detention; Kazakh authorities block accreditation to RFE/RL journalists; and more.

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Russian-American journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Alsu Kurmasheva, who is in custody after she was accused of violating Russia's law on foreign agents, holds drawings by her supporters as she attends a court hearing in Kazan, Russia May 31, 2024. Image taken by REUTERS/Alexey Nasyrov.

Russia Extends American RFE/RL Journalist’s Detention for Sixth Time

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is outraged at today’s ruling in Russia to extend RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva’s pretrial detention for the sixth time.

An image of Alsu Kurmasheva and her two daughters sitting on rocks by a river in New York. Alsu is currently unjustly detained in Russia after she was accused of violating Russia's law on foreign agents.

Russia Extends Detention of Alsu Kurmasheva; Her Imprisonment “As Outrageous Today as It Was Six Months Ago”

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) condemns the latest extension of American journalist Alsu Kurmasheva’s pretrial detention.

Left: Usha Chaudary smiles at the camera. Right: Vance Serchuk smiles at the camera.

Usha Chaudhary, Vance Serchuk Join RFE/RL’s Board of Directors

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is pleased to welcome Usha Chaudhary and Vance Serchuk to its Board of Directors.

Pavel Butorin leans over a table to shake hands with Senator Chris Van Hollen.

Family of Detained RFE/RL Journalist Alsu Kurmasheva Meets Top Biden Aides, Lawmakers, Hostage Advocates in Washington, D.C.

The husband and children of American RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva—who is spending her 150th day in a Russian prison—spent a productive week in Washington, D.C.

Ukraine -- RFE/RL president Stephen Capus meeting with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, February 26, 2024

RFE/RL President Capus Meets Ukrainian President Zelenskiy, Discusses Imprisoned Journalist in Crimea

During a meeting on Sunday between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and RFE/RL President Stephen Capus, the Ukrainian leader commended RFE/RL’s coverage of the Russian invasion.

An image of Alsu Kurmasheva standing in front of the Grand Canyon

RFE/RL Condemns Extension of American Journalist’s Detention in Russia

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is outraged by today’s decision in Kazan, Russia to extend the detention of imprisoned American journalist Alsu Kurmasheva until April 5.

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Not Forgotten: Political Imprisonment and Incommunicado Detention in Belarus

On Tuesday, June 25, please join RFE/RL and Freedom House for a virtual, on-the-record discussion about the crisis of political imprisonment and incommunicado detention in Belarus.