Latter-day Saint volunteers detained in Russia have been released

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NOVOROSSIYSK, Russia (ABC4 News)- Two volunteers for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that were detained in Russia have been released.

The two volunteers serving in Novorossiysk were attending a meeting at a local meetinghouse when they were detained by Russian authorities at the beginning of the month.

Eric Hawkins, spokesperson for the Church said the volunteers, Elder Kole Brodowski, 20, was close to the end of his service, so he will return home to California.

Elder David Gaag, 19, will return to a new mission after returning to the United States for some time where he will receive any needed support, Hawkins said.

“While in detention, the volunteers were treated very well and maintained regular contact with their families and mission president. The Church is closely monitoring conditions in Russia for all volunteers and will continue to fully comply with Russian law,” Hawkins stated.

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