Russian Blogger Faces 3.5 Years in Prison for Playing Pokأ©mon Go in Church

Posted by Megalith 9:20 AM (CDT)

Thursday May 11, 2017

A blogger has been found guilty of "inciting religious hatred" and insulting religious believers after he posted a video of himself playing Pokأ©mon Go inside the Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Mr. Sokolovsky was curious whether there was any truth behind the rumor that you could actually be punished in Russia for doing that and got his answer the hard way after he tried to catch Pikachu in church and joked about failing to catch the rarest Pokأ©mon, Jesus. Interestingly, the church is, in fact, a Pokأ©Stop.

Ruslan Sokolovsky posted the video in question in direct response to news that people can be fined or imprisoned in Russia for playing Pokأ©mon Go in churches. Along with trying to catch Pokأ©mon (and finding out that the church is in fact a Pokأ©Stop), he joked about Jesus in the video. "But, you know, I didn't catch the rarest Pokأ©mon that you could find there آ— Jesus," he said in the video. "But I couldn't help it. They say [he] doesn't even exist, so I'm not really surprised." Sokolovsky has been on house arrest since being detained in September. During the trial, Sokolovsky had pleaded not guilty and compared his punishment to those who were imprisoned for joking about communism under Stalin's rule, Meduza reported.