YouTuber facing five years in jail for playing Pokemon Go inside the church


22-year-old Ruslan Sokolovsky posted a video of himself on Youtube, wherein he is playing Pokemon Go inside the Church of All Saints, Yekaterinburg. It was an act of protest against a wide ban on playing Pokemon in religious buildings specifically in Russia, Sokolovsky was arrested last Saturday for breaking the blasphemy law, and will be in prison for the next two months not until the trial starts.

Sokolovsky who has almost 250,00 subscribers on his Youtube account will spend five years in jail if found guilty as said by Simon Robb. Last month he already posted some videos venting his anger regarding the ban, disappointment with the country’s decision turned him to be a prisoner.

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Before he got arrested the video was viewed 700,00 times and currently it has 1,000,000+ views showing that Pokemon Go is really hitting the online world. In the video, Sokolovsky is just warning the players about the ban then walks closer to the church until he went inside and tries to catch a Pokemon, (a Poliwag to be specific) near the altar while a priest is praying in the background. He also said that he is not the first to play Pokemon Go in the church, and at the end of the video he also said that “I liked it, no one disturbed me”.

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The year 2013 blasphemy law was first introduced after some female activist performs a “Punk Prayer” in one of the Cathedral in Moscow. Now, the 22-year-old Sokolovsky is facing several charges like the humiliation of human dignity, inciting hatred or hostility, and violation of the right to freedom of conscience and religion.

There are several news and articles saying that Ruslan Sokolovsky is an atheist blogger because of the incident happened to result in his two months imprisonment or may also result up to 5 years of imprisonment. Head of the State Duma’s religious affairs committee, Jaroslav Nilov said in an interview that Sokolovsky’s detention is unnecessary and not an insult to religious feelings.

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