Russian Court Rules Against Deportation of Mormon Volunteers

by | Jul. 20, 2017

Mormon Life

In August 2016, police in Samara, Russia, detained six LDS volunteers, who had been serving as missionaries until the Church changed their titles to volunteers after a new Russian law was enacted last year, expelling two from the country.

A Russian high court ruled Thursday that authorities violated the constitutional rights of two young Mormon volunteers when they expelled the men from the country last year.

The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation ruled that Elder Nathaniel Worden and Elder Drake Oldham were properly registered as volunteers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and did not violate Russian rules regarding migration registration.

Worden and Oldham said they were pleased with the decision, according to a news release on the church's Russian newsroom website.

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