Mormon congregation exonerated of migration charge


SOVA Center for News and Analysis, 10 March 2017


On 6 March 2017 the Samara district court of the city of Samara terminated a case based on part 2 of article 19.27 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF (submission during a migration account of knowingly false information about a foreign citizen or falsified documents by the receiving party) with regard to the local religious organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons).


The initiator of the opening of the case was the Directorate for Matters of Migration of the Chief Directorate of the Russian MVD for Samara province. It considered the indication of the place of stay of a foreign citizen as the address "Vodnikov Street, Building 95, Apartment 13," when the actual address was "Vodnikov Street, Building 95, Room 13," to be presentation of knowingly false information when making a migration account.


The court noted that "in approaching in an exclusively formal way the composition of a report on a case of administrative violation of law, the administrative agency limited itself to a literal statement of the name of the address, without considering the actual manner of the development of the case." The court confirmed the accuracy of the address indicated in the account and did not find evidence of submission of "knowingly false information" and it ordered the termination of the administrative case against the religious organization.


We recall that in August 2016, six Mormons, citizens of the USA, were fined in Samara for violation of migration legislation and were deported from Russia. (tr. by PDS, posted 10 March 2017)

Background article:
American missionaries ordered out of Russia
August 25, 2016

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