EA court in Moscow has extended the pre-trial detention of American journalist Evan Gershkovich, who was imprisoned on espionage charges, until June 30. The decision was published on Tuesday by the press service of the Moscow courts on the Telegram online service.

“This decision is particularly painful as this week marks one year since Evan was arrested and wrongfully imprisoned,” American Ambassador Lynne Tracy said in court after the hearing. “The allegations against Evan are absolutely false,” she emphasized.

A few days ago, Tracy described Gershkovich as “indestructible” despite his imprisonment for almost a year. “Evan remains strong and resilient,” the American embassy in Moscow said on online networks last week after Tracy visited Gershkovich in Lefortovo prison. “But the fact that he is standing trial for a crime he did not commit is a tragedy.”

The Wall Street Journal reporter Gershkovich was arrested by the FSB secret service at the end of March last year during a research trip in the Urals. Gershkovich is accused of espionage and faces up to 20 years in prison. The reporter, his family, his employer and the American authorities deny the allegations.

Washington accuses Moscow of arresting American citizens to use them as a bargaining chip to free Russian spies abroad. Gershkovich is imprisoned in Lefortovo Prison, where he shares a cell with a fellow inmate. He gets one hour of farm time a day and friends send him fruit and vegetables.