Two US citizens, convicted by a Novorossiysk court for violating border regulations, remain at a temporary reception center for foreigners in Russia’s southern Krasnodar Region, waiting to be deported, Regional Public Monitoring Commission Chair Anzaur Akhidzhak told TASS on Thursday, adding that the commission would inspect their accommodation conditions.
According to earlier reports, on March 2, Novorossiysk’s Primorsky District Court found two Americans guilty of violating Russia’s entry and exit rules. A law enforcement source told TASS on March 6 that the two had been deported, but Akhidzhak dismissed this information.
"They are being kept at a temporary reception center for foreigners in the town of Gulkevichi, waiting to be deported. This process is not fast. Our experts will go there to inspect their accommodation conditions," he noted.
Foreign media reported on March 5 that the two Americans had been detained in the Russian city of Novorossiysk. A spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told an American TV channel that the two were Mormons.