Two American Mormons have reportedly been detained in Russia since Friday after religious missionaries were banned in the country in 2016.
The young volunteers were imprisoned by authorities Friday evening ‘while engaged in a meeting at a local meeting house’, according to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
They are said to have been charged by officials for teaching English without a license, KSL TV reports.
Kyle Brodowski’s son Kole is thought to be one of the volunteers detained in Novorossiysk. His companion has not be identified.
Mr Brodowski, of Garden Grove, California, wrote on Facebook: ‘Everyone – Please Pray for our Son and his companion. They really need it. They were in the church building and arrested during their English class.
‘It has been difficult to understand, and is becoming more complicated each day. His Mission President is doing everything possible to gain their release, all we can do is pray.’
Religious missionaries were banned in 2016 but the church claims by officially registering workers as ‘volunteers’ they are complying with the law.
The church says it is ‘troubled’ by the incident and are working towards their swift release.
A spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told DailyMail.com: ‘Two of our volunteers serving in Novorossiyk, Russia were detained by authorities Friday evening while engaged in a meeting at a local meetinghouse.
‘While we are grateful these young men are reportedly in good condition and are being treated well, we are troubled by the circumstances surrounding their detention. They have both spoken to their parents.
‘We will continue to work with local authorities and encourage the swift release of these volunteers.’
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Source: Daily Mail