Russian blogger convicted for playing ‘Pokemon Go’ in church


Blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky posted a video on his blog last year showing him playing the smartphone game in a church built on the supposed spot where the last Russian tsar and his family were killed. He has been in detention since October.
Jason Melo of Toronto plays Pokemon Go at the Jack Layton ferry terminals on Sunday. (JACK BOLAND, Toronto Sun)


She earlier said Sokolovsky’s behaviour and his anti-religious videos manifested his “disrespect for society” and that Sokolovsky “intended to offend religious sentiments.”

A Pokemon Go enthusiast will avoid jail time after his conviction for inciting religious hatred by playing the popular mobile game in a Russian church.


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Judge Yekaterina Shoponyak on Thursday found Sokolovsky guilty of inciting religious hatred and gave him to a 3 1/2-year suspended sentence. It is the same offence that sent two women from the Pussy Riot punk collective to prison for two years in 2012.

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