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Two American missionaries have returned home to the U.S. after they were detained in Russia for more than two weeks for alleged visa term violations.
Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said Wednesday in a statement that the men were treated well in detention.
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Kole Brodowski, 20, from California, and David Gaag, 19, from Bothell, Washington, were detained on March 1 in Novorossiisk, a Black Sea city.
A Russian court ordered their deportation after they were accused of working as English teachers without proper credentials.
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The The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, based in Utah, had previously said it was 'troubled by the circumstances' of the detention.
Latter-day Saint missionaries are not allowed to legally proselytize in Russia and are called 'volunteers.'
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In a statement emailed to CBS News, Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), said Brodowski and Gaag 'have been released and have left' Russia.
Hawkins said Brodowski was to return to his home in California, while Gaag was going to 'return to the United States for a short time, receive any needed support, and then continue his service in a new mission.'
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Hawkins claimed they were both 'treated very well' after their arrest in Novorossiysk and were able to maintain 'regular contact with their families and mission president.'
Brodowski's father expressed his relief in a Facebook post, saying: 'It’s finally over!.
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'Kole is headed home and his companion will receive another call. I want to thank the thousands...
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