Two volunteers for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been detained in Novorossiyk, Russia, church officers stated.
Russian officers have detained two volunteers for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, church officers stated Tuesday.
The missionaries have been serving in Novorossiyk, Russia, which is about 930 miles south of Moscow.
It was unclear why the missionaries have been being detained.
“Whereas we’re grateful these younger males are reportedly in good situation and are being handled nicely, we’re troubled by the circumstances surrounding their detention,” church spokesman Eric Hawkins stated, as Salt Lake Metropolis’s Fox 13 reported.
They reportedly have been detained Friday at a neighborhood meetinghouse.
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Russia enacted anti-terrorism legal guidelines in July 2016 that included a provision banning missionary work, the Deseret Information famous.
The church complied with Russian legislation and redesignated the missionaries as volunteers, warning them to adjust to native legal guidelines and customs.
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Based on the Salt Lake Tribune, which cited a 2017 report by the U.S. Fee on Worldwide Non secular Freedom, the Russian legislation forbids “preaching, praying, disseminating spiritual supplies, and even answering questions on faith outdoors of formally designated websites.”
Missionaries from different spiritual teams corresponding to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, Buddhists, Muslims, Mennonites, Seventh-day Adventists and Scientologists all have been affected by the legislation.