Last year in September Ruslan Sokolovsky a 22 years old Russian blogger was detained in jail for the accusation of playing Pokemon Go games inside a church in Yekaterinburg, Russia. And now according to Sokolovsky’s statement, it seems that he may be getting a three and half years sentence.
He said in his statement that “I may be an idiot, but I am by no means an extremist. A long time ago, people were imprisoned in camps and for longer terms – not for 3.5 years, but for decades – because they [foully] joked, for example, about communism and about Stalin. Now it turns out that they want to imprison me for 3.5 years [in real terms] because [I] obscenely joked about Orthodoxy and about Patriarch Kirill. For me, this is savagery and barbarism. I do not understand how this is at all possible. Nevertheless, as we have seen, it is quite possible indeed.”
three more allegations
The blogger is not only accused of playing Pokemon Go in the church, there were three more accusations against him. On inciting hatred or enmity, offending religious believers, and illegally bringing in equipment for covert filming. By the way, at the end of the day, luckily he was proven innocent on these three allegations.
But on the other hand, Prosecutor Yekaterina Kalinina disagreed on these allegations. And he appealed to the court that Sokolovsky compared Jesus Christ with the game’s characters. Therefore requested to the court to sentence Sokolovsky to real terms in prison.