A Moscow court said on Tuesday it has extended until January the detention of American reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested in Russia earlier this year on espionage charges.
The court said Gershkovich’s “detention period” was extended by another two months until January 30.
The 32-year-old Wall Street Journal’s Moscow correspondent, his employer and the US government have all denied the espionage charges.
The hearing took place behind closed doors and no press was allowed inside.
AFP saw a handful of reporters waiting outside the courtroom.
The extension of Gershkovich’s detention was almost certain, as Moscow rarely releases people jailed awaiting trial on serious charges.
Gershkovich was arrested in late March during a reporting trip in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, becoming the first Western reporter to be jailed in Russia on espionage charges since the Soviet era.
He was held in Moscow’s infamous Lefortovo prison.
Video released by the court showed Gershkovich standing in a metal cage in front of defendants during Tuesday’s hearing, wearing a plaid shirt and a dark hooded jacket.
The American, who previously worked for the French news agency AFP, continued reporting from Russia after the Kremlin launched its Ukraine offensive, despite many Western journalists leaving the country.
Russia has provided no public evidence of the accusations it has made against Gershkovich.