2019-03-07 13:03:00

U.S. Mormons to be deported from Russia for illegal teaching

Krasnodar, March 7, Interfax - Two U.S. citizens affiliated with the Mormons have been found guilty of breaching border regulations and put in a detention facility in Novorossiysk; they are pending deportation from Russia, an informed source in the law enforcement authorities of the Krasnodar Territory told Interfax.

"In early March, the Primorsky District Court in Novorossiysk found the two U.S. citizens guilty of violating border regulations (Part 2, Article 18.8 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses). They are being held in a special facility for persons under administrative arrest, which is situated in the town of Gulkevichi, and are pending deportation," the source said.

A court representative told Interfax that the administrative case of U.S. citizens Kole Brodowski and David Udo Hague was heard on March 2.

According to the investigators, the foreigners had engaged in teaching activity in Novorossiysk, which did not coincide with the purpose of arriving in Russia they had declared.

"Brodowski and Hague told the court they had come to Russia as volunteers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and had no professional training to serve as teachers. However, their testimony was refuted by several witnesses," the source said.

The offense defined by Part 2, Article 18.8 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offices is punishable by administrative fine and deportation. The court representative said he did not know whether or not the men had left Russia.

The defense appealed the verdict in the Krasnodar Territorial Court.

The court will hear the appeal against the ruling in the Brodowski/Hague case on Thursday.