American clergyman arrested in
Russia for visa violation
AMERICAN PASTOR ARRESTED IN SAMARA
Regnum, 10 July 2016
On Saturday, 9 July, an American pastor, James Francis Malachi, was arrested in Samara for violation visa regulations. This was reported by the clergyman's attorney, Krina Arutyunian, Radio Mayak writes.
James Francis Malachi's attorney said he was arrested by police and a report was drawn up that he violated the tourist visa regulations. The detainee violated federal law No. 115, "On the legal status of foreign citizens in the RF." The American pastor is now threatened with deportation.
The arrest was conducted by personnel of the FSB. At the present time, the clergyman from the United States is in the Soviet district court of Samara, where the measure of punishment will be selected for him. The internal affairs department for the province has still not commented on this incident. (tr. by PDS, posted 12 July 2016)
PASTOR WHO CAME TO SAMARA FROM USA TO MARRY SAME-SEX COUPLE TO BE DEPORTED
Gubernskii portal Samara, 11 July 2016
American Pastor James Francis Malachi must leave the borders of Russia within a five-day period. This decision was issued by the Soviet district court of Samara close to midnight on Saturday. This was reported by Interfax with reference to the American's attorney, Karina Arutyunian.
In addition, the lawyer said, Malachi must pay a 2,000 rubles fine.
She considers the decision on deportation to be illogical. "On Monday I will write an appeal," the lawyer said.
According to unofficial information, the American pastor came to Samara in order to marry a same-sex couple.
"As I understand it, this man came here on a tourist visa and performed a 'wedding,' if one can call it that, of persons of a nontraditional orientation. Someone complained about it to the police department, who came, checked documents, and confronted resentment and dismay, and he (the pastor) was moved to the police department," a source in the police department told Interfax.
In her turn, the pastor's attorney maintains that this is "absolutely false." "There were no lectures; there were no weddings—there wasn't supposed to be anything," she declared.
Earlier the attorney reported that Malachi was arrested by police on suspicion of illegal missionary activity in Samara on Saturday, when he was talking with friends.
"He is charged under part 2 of article 18.8 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF, that is, he engaged in missionary activity in violation of the tourist visa regulations," the attorney said. At the same time, she said, the American did not conduct any preaching in Samara.
The press service of the Chief Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the RF for Samara province refused to comment on news about the arrest of an American pastor. (tr. by PDS, posted 12 July 2016)
USA PASTOR ARRESTED IN SAMARA TO BE DEPORTED
Regnum, 10 July 2016
Within the next five days, American Pastor James Francis Malachi, who was arrested earlier in Samara for violation of visa regulations, must leave the borders of Russia and pay a fine of 2,000 rubles. This decision was issued by the Soviet district court of Samara, Interfax reports.
The attorney for the detainee, Karina Arutyunian, reported that she thinks the court's decision about deportation of the American pastor is unreasonable and she intends to file an appeal. According to information from a source in the police department of the province, the pastor arrived in Samara in order to conduct same-sex marriages. Attorney Malachi, in her turn, declared previously that the American citizen flew into Samara in order to meet friends.
"Someone complained about him to the police department, which then arrived, checked his documents, and confronted resentment and dismay," a source in law enforcement agencies said, saying that the clergyman conducted weddings of persons of nontraditional sexual orientation. To this Arutyunian declared that this is "absolutely false."
Regnum was told
that on Saturday, 9 July, an American pastor was arrested for
violation of visa
regulations. The detainee violated federal law No. 115, "On the
status of foreign citizens in the RF." After the composition of a
Malachi was moved to the Soviet district court of Samara. (tr. by
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