Russian YouTuber Plays Pokemon Go in Church, Gets Sentenced

Russian YouTuber Plays Pokemon Go in Church, Gets Sentenced

A Russian YouTuber and blogger has been hit with a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence, after being arrested late last year for playing Pokemon Go in a church.

A Yekaterinburg court found Ruslan Sokolovsky guilty of “inciting religious believers and inciting hatred” reports the BBC. The 22-year-old pleaded not guilty.

Sokolovsky recorded a video of himself playing the augmented reality monster catching game in a local Orthodox church. He was arrested shortly after uploading the video, which currently has nearly 2 million views.

Earlier in the week, the court also found him guilty of “Illegal trafficking of special technical equipment,” after a pen with a built-in camera was discovered in his home.

The prosecution pushed for a three-and-a-half year jail time, but the judge gave him a suspended sentence instead. A suspended sentence allows the defendant to perform a period of probation; if they don’t break the law during that time, the sentence will be dismissed.

"Until the very last moment I didn't know what the sentencing would be, that's why I was very nervous and feared I would get a real prison term," said Sokolovsky. He also apologised to religious believers, and said that his delivery in the video was “too cynical for Russian society.”

"Without the support from reporters, I would possibly have been given a real prison sentence," Sokolovsky added.

Source: Eurogamer



 

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Comments Comments (12)

 
Posted by 163Battery
On Friday 12 May 2017 2:59 PM
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That is ridiculous. In churches these days, people play with their phones all the time. Lots of Pokestops are at churches thanks to the portal network set up for Ingress. Only in Russia I guess.
 
 
 
Posted by Outlaw213
On Friday 12 May 2017 3:02 PM
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Russia be craaazy!
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 12 May 2017 3:02 PM
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And that's why less people go to church, they are made to be boring, waste your time and take your money.
 
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Posted by Outlaw213
On Friday 12 May 2017 3:22 PM
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12 May 2017, 03:02 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
And that's why less people go to church, they are made to be boring, waste your time and take your money.
But Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg said "If you're scared goto church"
 
 
 
Posted by kniteowl
On Friday 12 May 2017 3:33 PM
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12 May 2017, 03:02 PM Reply to Outlaw213
Russia be craaazy!
In Soviet Russia... Pokemon Catch YOU!
 
 
 
Posted by 163Battery
On Friday 12 May 2017 3:44 PM
1
12 May 2017, 03:33 PM Reply to kniteowl
In Soviet Russia... Pokemon Catch YOU!
I KNEW that was coming! Haha.
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Friday 12 May 2017 4:21 PM
1
For mother Russia!
 
 
 
Posted by gravisus
On Friday 12 May 2017 4:51 PM
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a lunacy on the situation is 30 years ago the same Church forbade Jesus Christ Superstar rockopera for the opposite reason - for promoting religion
 
 
 
Posted by Bank
On Friday 12 May 2017 4:54 PM
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Pikachu! I choos-- SOVIET RUSSIA!
 
 
 
Posted by guido
On Friday 12 May 2017 5:00 PM
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They have a church called "Temple on blood"! That's pretty kick arse! Why is Russia simultaneously so damn amazing and so damn crazy and corrupt?! At worst I'd say that guy was being mildly disrespectful and deserved at MOST a stern talking to, not JAIL?! Not even close!?
 
 
 
Posted by polarbear
On Saturday 13 May 2017 8:38 AM
3
12 May 2017, 05:00 PM Reply to guido
They have a church called "Temple on blood"! That's pretty kick arse! Why is Russia simultaneously so damn amazing and so damn crazy and corrupt?! At worst I'd say that guy was being mildly disrespectful and deserved at MOST a stern talking to, not JAIL?! Not even close!?
I've been to Temple on blood. The churches are awesome, but they take orthodoxy very very seriously over there. In fact, any tour guide you have can only feed you a prescribed script, and nothing else.

It's Russia, it has issues. Got to feel sorry for the guy, and we can bawk at the outcome but you'd hope he new better :
 
 
 
Posted by emetic
On Saturday 13 May 2017 4:34 PM
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There aren't all that many countries in the world in which you could mock the official religion and publicly defy the law (and post it on youtube!) without repercussions. The suspended sentence was a very moderate response, i thought. We're lucky to live in a secular country with the freedom to criticize the government and whoever else we please, but it is a privilege we shouldn't take for granted.