A video from Ruptly, a news agency funded by the Russian government, has surfaced showing the detainment of two volunteers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Novorossiysk, Russia. According to the reports, David Gaaga and Kole Brodowski were reportedly teaching English without a license.
In 2016, Russia passed new legislation, placing tighter restrictions on proselyting and evangelism.
The video shows a shocked and confused group of people, including Gaaga and Brodowski, sitting inside a large room as authorities check what looks to be forms of paperwork. A majority of the video includes unknown persons, whether it’s the camera crew or authorities, going through the two volunteer’s things, including their scriptures, area book, apartment, and suitcases.