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Church Releases Update On Two Volunteers Detained In Russia

Mar 7, 2019, 4:14 PM | Updated: 6:26 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released an update on the two church volunteers who were detained last week in Russia. Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said the two remain in custody but are in good spirits.

“Many people have reached out regarding the status of our two volunteers in Russia. At this time, they remain in custody while their deportation is being processed. The young men are in good spirits, are being treated well, and are in regular contact with their mission president and their families. We continue to work with local authorities in Russia and we remain hopeful these volunteers will be allowed to leave the country soon. In the meantime, we are grateful for the many offers of assistance and support expressed on their behalf.”

-Eric Hawkins, Church Spokesman

Hawkins said the two volunteers’ deportation is being processed at this time.

The statement expressed gratitude for the support and assistance the two volunteers have received thus far.

The volunteers were detained in a church meetinghouse Friday, March 1, 2019 and have been in custody since then.

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Church Releases Update On Two Volunteers Detained In Russia