The Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, on Wednesday confirmed the detention of several US citizens in Russia’s Black Sea port city of Novorossiysk, ONAreports citing TASS.
"We confirm the information about the detention of several US citizens," the diplomat told TASS on Wednesday. "Requests for more details should be addressed to Russian law-enforcement agencies."
Earlier, the Primorsky district court in Novorossiysk ruled to deport two US citizens, found guilty of violating migration rules.
Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for the Mormon church, earlier told a US TV channel that the detained individuals were church volunteers.