U.S. Reporter Detained in Russia, Accused of Espionage

Should the U.S. and Russia do another prisoner swap?

  • 41.9k
    jimK
    03/30/2023

    The putin is just trying to goad the US into a direct conflict with this, his next geopolitical and egregious stunt. All the more reason to get Ukraine more long range and effective weaponry so they can quickly and decisively drive the Russian invaders and war criminals out of each and every of Ukraine's sovereign territories.

    This needs to happen ASAP, before the putin has time to grease his propaganda machine with justifications for his next more egregious act. Give Ukraine whatever is necessary or wahtever may be necessary to do this now - the longer it takes, the more the putin will resort to these asymmetric warfare tactics - and the more dangerous he will become.

  • 92.6k
    LeslieG
    Voted Good Idea
    03/30/2023

    While I don't agree with what Russia is doing, and a prisoner swap is in order if we actually have a prisoner Russia wants which we don't (one is in Germany, one is in Brazil), what US citizen in their right mind is in Russia now.

    Let employers take responsibility fir their employees they send abroad. The companies I've worked for did. They followed travel advisories, and they rescued workers like 9-11 when many travelers were stranded overseas. They carried travel & extraction insurance for employees traveling in dangerous areas.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/us/united-states-tells-citizens-depart-russia-immediately-2023-02-13/

    https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/russia-travel-advisory.html

  • 46.9k
    Brian
    Voted Undecided
    03/30/2023

    I support getting all hostages detained in Russia back, including Gershkovich. I'm sure it will take some time, as it always does, but I doubt that Russia will let him go without something in return. 

    But let's not prioritize one prisoner over others, even though that seems to be the way this works. Let's try to get multiple prisoners back this time.

  • 2,427
    Glowurm
    Voted Bad Idea
    04/01/2023

    Lesley Stahl's propaganda interview on 60 Minutes this week needs to be shut down! I have lost all respect for her and I have been watching her since her beginning.  That she chose a treasonous, uneducated, lying, violence-inciting, racist ( I could go on and on) witch to intervene makes me wonder if she is so old she is now out of her mind.  FYI, I am over 70, so I know what I'm talking about!  

    Lesley, if this program, and others like this, are not pulled, I will NEVER watch an interview by you again. You will disgrace our country by allowing her to spout her lies.  Have you not seen her outrageously-destructive comments from just this past week?  If this segment airs, you are done as far as I am concerned!

    And so is CBS!

  • 7,414
    DaveS
    Voted Undecided
    03/31/2023

    We pick up Russian spy in the USA knowing they are spying, they pick up journalist!

  • 13.3k
    MrGeer
    Voted Good Idea
    03/31/2023

    we should always do whatever we can to return a fellow American back to the U.S. 

     

  • 809
    DeWitt
    Voted Bad Idea
    03/31/2023

    I'm certain Vladimir Putin is shaking in his baby seal boots at the prospect of Biden threatening him over this.  At last check, this reporter isn't a lesbian basketball celebrity, so he's got that working against him.  I guess he could always transition and gain Biden's attention.  Anyway, what's Joe got to trade?  He shot his wad giving up the Arm's Dealer.  Short of handing Putin Ukraine, this guy is screwed nine ways to Sunday.

  • 310
    Kate
    Voted Good Idea
    04/03/2023

    Never abandon citizens used as pawns by foreign governments.

  • 1,423
    The Rev Dr Edward
    Voted Undecided
    04/03/2023

    Americans have no business in Russia. They travel and work there at their own peril.

  • 2,206
    wpeckham
    Voted Undecided
    04/01/2023

    #1 we cannot and should not bargain using Ukraine support, or economic sanctions against Russia in place because it invaded Ukraine, for any reason.  The only reason to drop those is if Russia leaves Ukraine. ALL of Ukraine!

    #2 A prisoner swap is a reasonable option.  If, however, Putin is arrested it is not up to the USA to use him in a swap, he will be prisoner to the UN as an international war criminal, not the USA.

    #3 I am not sure Russia ever placed much value on the rule of law, but they are clearly not doing so now.  It stands to reason then that we cannot trust them to negotiate in good faith.  While negotiations are a good idea, expect them to cheat if they see value in it with no consequences.   

  • 1,094
    Robin
    Voted Undecided
    03/31/2023

    Between Putin, Trump, the GOP, Fox news lead by Tucker Carlson, we are being bombarded by lies propaganda and fascism.  They are working so hard to destroy this country. 

  • 2,401
    Martha
    Voted Undecided
    03/31/2023

    We probably should if we ever hope to get this journalist out of Russia.

  • 3,296
    Steph
    Voted Undecided
    03/31/2023

    I am undecided.  What my question at the moment is: What was he doing there to begin with?!

     

    It's not like we do not know, already , that Putin was KGB.  It's also blatantly Obvious he is trying to re-create the USSR.

     

    So, again, what was an American doing in Russia?   If this was because he was sent there by his employer...well, any employer that puts their employee in danger should be paying a price, and in THIS case-a very hefty one.

  • 1,124
    Lois
    Voted Good Idea
    03/31/2023

    Can we give donald to Russia in trade for this journalist?  Donald is more faithful to Putin than to the USA

  • 2,934
    Gdbondii
    Voted Good Idea
    03/31/2023

    Bring our people home especially as this is a political act.

  • 2,480
    Joan
    Voted Undecided
    03/31/2023

    This is going to be Russia's MO in order to obtain the return of their citizens held in the US. They will arrest innocent people and then bargain for a trade for one of their criminals. Bad idea.

  • 1,714
    Lesley
    Voted Undecided
    03/31/2023

    No one knows the details. Clearly the charges are manufactured. Putin will use this poor guy to try to get us to stop helping Ukraine. To which I say, maybe it's time to double down. As long as we don't deplete our own stockpiles too much. We don't know what Russia and China are up to. We don't want to be caught unaware. 

  • 2,720
    George
    Voted Undecided
    03/31/2023

    Doesn't do much good... Extortion. 

  • 549
    Donna
    Voted Undecided
    03/31/2023

    I think that it is the height of hypocrisy to condemn any other country for detaining journalists while Julian Assange remains silenced and imprisoned in Belmarsh prison. It is long past the time for the Department of Justice or President Biden to drop the bogus charges of Espionage and to free this noble journalist whose only crime was to publish the truth. In a world of propaganda and misinformation, we should aspire to the higher standard that Julian Assange has always maintained. 

  • 2,214
    JERRE
    Voted Bad Idea
    03/31/2023

    Encourages more arrests. We make bad deals, trade an international weapons dealer for an anti-American athlete. Encourages Russia.