A Russian lawyer has released a statement that the two Latter-day Saint volunteers (missionaries) detained in the country will be deported late next week.
Sergey Gliznutsa told CBS News the young men, serving volunteer missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had been in a Krasnodar court Thursday, though the exact nature for their arrest still remains unconfirmed. According to Gliznutsa, the volunteers were arrested after meeting with Russian visitors weekly in a church meetinghouse. The government allegedly claimed the volunteers were teaching English without a license.
Because of a Russian national holiday, he believes it will take a few days before the paperwork is fully processed and the two men are officially deported. It is likely they will be detained until the deportation takes place, which Gliznutsa believes will be sometime late next week.
Gliznutsa represents Kole Brodowski, one of the two volunteers detained.
No official statement has been provided by the Church to confirm Gliznutsa’s update. The latest statement came from Eric Hawkins early this week when he said, “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.”