Latter-day Saint volunteers detained in Russia to be deported

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NOVOROSSIYSK, Russia (ABC4 News) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said two volunteers who were detained in Russia last week will be deported.

Two volunteers serving in Novorossiysk were attending a meeting at a local meetinghouse when they were detained by Russian authorities.

Church officials said Thursday the young men are still in custody while their deportation is being processed.

“The young men are in good spirits, are being treated well, and are in regular contact with their mission president and their families,” according to a statement from Church spokesperson Erick Hawkins. “We continue to work with local authorities in Russia and we remain hopeful these volunteers will be allowed to leave the country soon. In the meantime, we are grateful for the many offers of assistance and support expressed on their behalf.”

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