Latter-day Saint volunteers detained in Russia

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NOVOROSSIYSK, Russia (ABC4 News) – Two volunteers for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were detained in Russia.

According to church officials, two volunteers serving in Novorossiysk were attending a meeting at a local meetinghouse when they were detained by Russian authorities.

“While we are grateful these young men are reportedly in good condition and are being treated well, we are troubled by the circumstances surrounding their detention,” said Eric Hawkins, church spokesperson in a statement to ABC4 News Tuesday.

Hawkins said both volunteers have spoken to their parents. Church officials said they will continue to work with local authorities to encourage their “swift release.”

Representative John Curtis (R-Utah) said Thursday he was troubled by the reports. “I’m in communication w/those connected to the situation & stand ready to be helpful however possible as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” he said in a statement on Twitter. 

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