73-year-old gay pastor Jim Mulcahy who was deported by Russian authorities last week for alleged violation of the visa regime, said that the police had demanded from him the names and phone numbers of “accomplices” in Samara and other regions. He refused to provide this information.
“… Although Putin’s Russia violates brazenly and openly the rights of US citizens, but the most cruel treatment is for its citizens, for Russians,” – writes “The Washington Post”, telling about what happened with the pastor Mulcahy who regularly traveled to Russia, starting in 2012.
“On July 10, during a meeting with a dozen members of the LGBT community as a community center in Samara … Mulcahy was unexpectedly arrested by the police, who arrived him at the center without notice and accompanied by cameramen. The police have arrested the pastor, questioned him, fingerprinted, and then he was taken to court. In this case, hastily hired his lawyer was unable to contact his client. At midnight, eight hours after the arrest, without giving opportunity to call witnesses, the judge handed down his sentence. The priest appointed a fine of 2,000 rubles for violation of visa regime in the exercise of religious activities and ordered to leave the country. According to Mulcahy, he later learned that the decision of the court was told by TV for a few hours before the verdict”.