Imprisoned Wall Street Journal reporter pokes fun at mom’s cooking, saying it ‘prepared’ him for Russian prison food

The Independent Association of Publishers’ Employees and Wall Street Journal journalists in Washington, DC, on April 12, 2023, called for the release of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who has been held in Russia since March 29.
An imprisoned WSJ reporter joked that his mom’s cooking “prepared” him for “jail food” in Russia.
Evan Gershkovich sent a letter to his family in his first communication with them since his arrest.
Gershkovich wrote that he was “not losing hope” during his detention at Lefortovo Prison in Moscow.

Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich joked about the food he’s getting in a Russian prison, in his first communication with his family since being arrested in Russia.

Gershkovich wrote in a letter to his family: “Mom, you unfortunately, for better or worse, prepared me well for jail food,” he wrote in a letter, per the Wall Street Journal

“In the morning, for breakfast, they give us hot creamed wheat, oatmeal cereal or wheat gruel. I am…

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