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Putin Approved Arrest of US Reporter on Spying Charges

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WATCH: March 31 report on arrest of WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich.Source: Bloomberg

Russian President Vladimir Putin personally approved the arrest of a US reporter on espionage charges for the first time since the Cold War, according to people familiar with the situation.

The Russian president’s endorsement of the move reflects the growing influence of Kremlin hardliners who push for deepening a confrontation with Washington they view as irreversible, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss matters that aren’t public.