Man convicted for playing Pokemon Go

Ruslan Sokolovsky, a blogger who played Pokemon Go on his phone in a church, speaks to the press during a hearing at a court in Yekaterinburg on May 11, 2017. Picture: Konstantin Melnitskiy

PLAYING Pokemon Go in church is equivalent to “religious hatred.”

At least that’s what a Russian court has ruled.

A judge in Russia ruled that local blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, 22, was guilty of inciting religious hatred after he posted a video last year showing him playing the game in a church in the city of Yekaterinburg. That Russian Orthodox Church is where the last emperor of Russia and his family were shot to death during the Russian Civil War.

He was sentenced to a three and a half year suspended sentence. The video blogger has been in detention since October.

In televised remarks, Judge Yekaterina Shoponyak said Sokolovsky’s behaviour and anti-religious videos were a disrespect for society and “intended to offend religious sentiments.”

The judge said the Pokemon Go incident was not t…

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