A court in the Russian city of Cheboksary has convicted four unidentified U.S. citizens of violating the terms of their tourist visas and has sentenced them to be expelled from Russia.
The court found on April 25 that the four had been working as teachers of English at a local university and had been "propagandizing American values," according to Russia's Federal Migration Service.
The court also fined each of the defendants 2,000 rubles.
One of the four was described as a woman who first entered Russia as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2001. In 2002, the Peace Corps was banned, with the head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) charging that some volunteers were "collecting information on the social, political, and economic situation in Russian regions."
with reporting by newsru.com