Chico teen arrives at SFO following Russian detention

Nov 11, 2014 6:36 PM by News Staff

Four students, one of whom is a Chico High School student, are enjoying smiles and hugs from family and friends in the U.S. after being detained in Russia during a student leadership conference.

San Jose residents Liana Randazzo, 27, Quygen Ngo, 24, and Jennifer Phan, 21, and Chico resident Sterling Winter, 18, arrived at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday afternoon after an all-day journey across the globe.

The four were detained in St. Petersburg since Thursday after Russian immigration authorities accused them of possessing the wrong kind of visas. They were traveling on tourist visas to attend a two-week leadership conference but were told they needed business visas.

The students were allowed to leave Russia after a hearing Monday in which they agreed to pay a fine of about $100 each.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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