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US pastor supportive of LGBT rights ordered to leave Russia

An American pastor who supports LGBT rights has been detained in Russia and ordered to leave the country.

Citing his lawyer, the Tass state news agency reported that 72-year-old Jim Mulcahy of the Metropolitan Community Church has been fined the equivalent of 30 US dollars (£23) and given five days to leave Russia.

The Russian LGBT Network, a non-governmental organization, said in a Facebook post that Mr Mulcahy was detained on Saturday in an LGBT community centre in the Volga River city of Samara.

His lawyer, Karina Artyunyan, said a city court ruled that Mr Mulcahy had violated the terms of his tourist visa by engaging in religious activities.

Russia has faced Western criticism for laws that have been used to restrict the rights both of minority religious groups and gays.

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