It looks like playing Pokémon Go just got a lot more dangerous, but for totally different reasons. Playing the augmented reality game in Russia could land you jail time – to the tune of two-to-three years.
Mr. Klintsevich, vice chairman of Russia’s Committee on Security and Defense, claims that the game is a Western “psychological operation,” meant to alter the minds of the country’s youths. “This could lead all the way to revolution,” he said.
"There is a feeling that the devil came through this mechanism and is simply trying to destroy us spiritually from within," Franz Klintsevich, a senior Russian security official, told the state news agency TASS.
"Imagine that the little beast in question doesn't appear in some park but at a secret site where a conscript or other soldier takes and photographs it with his camera," said retired major general of the Federal Security Service, Aleksander Mikhailov to state news agency RIA Novosti. "It's recruitment by one's own personal desire and without any coercion. This is the ideal way for secret services to gather information."
To combat the Pokémon menace, the country is launching its own game that sees players collect figures from Russian history.