TWO U.S.A. CITIZENS CONVICTED OF VIOLATING BORDER REGULATIONS IN NOVOROSSIISK
Nezavisimaia Gazeta—Religii, 6 March 2019
A Primorskii district court in Novorossiisk issued a decision with respect to two American citizens who were found guilty of violating the rules of entry into and visit on the territory of the RF, TASS was told on Wednesday by the press secretary of the court.
Yesterday foreign news media circulated information about the arrest of two foreigners in Novorossiisk. A representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Erich Hokkins, said in a broadcast of one American television station that the detainees were adherents of the religious organization of Mormons.
"Several news media have noted that our volunteers were engaged in teaching the English language. This information does not comport with reality," the press service of the church in Russia explained for NG. "The aforementioned volunteers arrived in the RF on the basis of humanitarian visas, for the purposes of a tour of 'Religious Matters.' In the evening of 1 March of this year, they participated in Novorossiisk in a proclamation event in the English language in premises rented by the religious organization for conducting its charter-based activity." (tr. by PDS, posted 7 March 2019)
KRASNODAR TERRITORY COURT LEAVES IN FORCE DECISION ON DEPORTING TWO AMERICAN MISSIONARIES FROM RUSSIA
Interfax-Religiia, 7 March 2019
The Krasnodar territory court on Thursday turned down the appeal against a decision of a court in Novorossiisk in the cases of two American citizens for violation of border regulations. The foreigners were fined and are subject to compulsory deportation from the Russian Federation.
As an Interfax correspondent reported, the territorial court considered in turn the appeals of the defense against the decisions of the Primorskii district court of Novorossiisk regarding Cole Devich Brodovsky and David Udo Hague. Both were found guilty of violating border regulations within the border zone (part 2, of article 18.8 of the Code on Administrative Violations of Law of the RF).
At the present time, the foreigners are awaiting their fate in a special holding facility for persons subject to administrative detention of the city of Gulkevichi in Krasnodar territory.
The arrest of two American citizens who are members of the Mormon church was reported previously. (tr. by PDS, posted 7 March 2019)
FOREIGN MINISTRY CONFIRMS ARREST OF AMERICAN CITIZENS IN NOVOROSSIISK
RIA Novosti, 7 March 2019
The Department of Information and Press of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) of Russia confirmed for RIA Novosti the report about the arrest of American citizens in Novorossiisk.
The foreign policy ministry advised addressing "specific questions" to law enforcement agencies.
Earlier a Primorskii district court of Novorossiisk found two American citizens guilty of violating border regulations.
Information appeared on the court's website about the administrative cases of violation of border regulations that were opened with regard to David Udo Hague and Cole Devich Brodovsky on the basis of part 2 of article 18.8 of the Code of Administrative Violations of Law of the RF ("Violation of border regulations within a border zone").
Earlier, the television station KSL RV broadcast that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints reported the arrest of two of its volunteers in a meetinghouse in Novorossiisk. The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, replied to a request by journalists to comment on reports about the arrest of American citizens that he had no information about this.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a religious organization that belongs to the branch of Mormonism. The organization was founded by Joseph Smith in 1830. Its headquarters are located in the city of Salt Lake City in the American state of Utah. Its congregations (parishes and "small parishes") and temples exist in many countries of the world, including Russia. (tr. by PDS, posted 7 March 2019)
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