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(Forum 18) – Lutheran Bishop Siegfried Springer and the 170 congregation-strong Evangelical-Lutheran Church in European Russia are baffled by the annulling of his multi-entry visa at a Moscow airport on 10 April and his deportation back to Germany the following day. “I want to return to Russia to our general synod to resume my pastoral work as soon as possible,” Springer told Forum 18 from the German town of Bad Sooden-Allendorf . Although born in Russia , the 75-year-old bishop is a German citizen. A foreign Catholic bishop who was similarly expelled from Russia in 2002 has never been allowed to return to his diocese.