20 March 2019, 20:56
Two U.S. Mormons convicted in Kuban for illegal missionary activities leave Russia
Krasnodar, March 20, Interfax - The two U.S. citizens, who were earlier prosecuted in the Krasnodar Territory for violating Russian laws on missionary activities, have left Russia.
"Early this morning, U.S. citizens Kole Brodowski and David Udo Hague safely departed from Krasnodar on an air flight to Istanbul, where they boarded a New York-bound flight. They must be on their way now," Yury Kozhokin, spokesman for the Rostov branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told Interfax.
An informed source told Interfax that before departure, the two paid fines they had been ordered to pay by the Russian court.
"They have paid 30,000 rubles each in administrative fines ordered by the court. They are not going to appeal the judgment," the source said.
Earlier on March 15, the Krasnodar Territory's Gulkevichi District Court found the two U.S. nationals guilty of "undertaking missionary activities in violation of requirements set in the legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and religious associations," as described in the relevant article of the Administrative Offences Code of the Russian Federation.
The court fined each of them 30,000 rubles and ordered their deportation.
In addition, the Primorsky District Court earlier found Brodowski and Hague guilty of violating border regulations in a border area. The ruling has taken effect.
Both were sentenced to a 2,000-ruble fine and deportation from Russia.
According to the indictment, last February, in contradiction to the purpose of their visit that they declared when entering Russia, the two Americans engaged in teaching activities in Russia's Novorossiysk.