The youth wing of the ruling United Russia party’s held a protest on Thursday calling for a ban on Mormon missionaries in Russia, charging that they were potential American spies.

“This is an American sect,” said Ekaterina Stenyakina, co-chair of Young Guard’s coordinating committee, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. “They are funded by the United States of America, and it’s been proven that many young Mormons return to the U.S. to work for the CIA and FBI.”

The group chanted slogans outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Russian headquarters in Moscow and hoisted signs reading “No, to foreign agents!” and “Foo, CIA!” the news agency reported.

Some Young Guard members held up a makeshift one-way plane ticket reading “back to Washington” for Mormon missionaries.

Continue Reading on