Ruslan Sokolovsky accused of breaking policies of his house arrest as he awaits trial for playing Pokémon Go in a church
Pokémon Go on a telephone
Pokémon Go on a telephone. Photograph: Isopix/Rex/Shutterstock
Shaun Walker in Moscow
Friday 28 October 2016 12.01 BST Last modified on Wednesday 12 April 2017 15.04 BST
Things had been already quite terrible for the Russian blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, who should face up to 5 years in prison for playing Pokémon Go in a church. But on Friday they got even worse while a courtroom in his home town of Yekaterinburg jailed him before his trial. His offence this time? Breaking the rules of his house arrest through talking to his female friend.
Sokolovsky filmed himself gambling Pokémon Go in Yekaterinburg’s Church of All Saints in August and published the video to YouTube. He stated he was inspired with the aid of looking a tv news phase warning humans they could be fined or imprisoned if they played the sport in churches.
At the beginning of the video, before entering the church, Sokolovsky says to the camera: “For me, this is total nonsense. Who on earth could be angry that you walked around a church with your smartphone? How on the planet could they lock you up for that?”
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Sokolovsky gambling Pokémon Go within the Church of All Saints
His confidence turned out to be out of place. He becomes arrested in early September and charged with inciting hatred and offending non-secular sensibilities. If convicted he could face up to 5 years in jail.
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A decide dominated Sokolovsky need to be held below residence arrest even as anticipating trial, and he turned into forbidden from the usage of the internet or speak me to witnesses in the case. But on his birthday he seemingly obtained a go to from his lady friend.
“I didn’t even absolutely talk to her. She stated glad birthday, and I asked her to depart. And then a policeman confirmed up,” Sokolovsky advised the courtroom on Friday, local information companies said.
Sokolovsky had previously criticized the Russian Orthodox church in his video blog, and his case recalls that of the punk collective Pussy Riot, who spent two years in jail for acting a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s largest cathedral. The costs in opposition to Sokolovsky relate no longer handiest to the Pokémon video however also to others he has produced. A date for the trial has now not but been set.
Pokémon Go has not been officially launched in Russia, and whilst thousands of younger Russians are passionate about the game, a few officers and commentators were distinctly skeptical, suggesting it might be a front for either the CIA or Satan.
A Russian senator, Frants Klintsevich, stated in July: “I actually have the feeling that the satan himself has come through this mechanism and is making an attempt to wreck us spiritually from within. But I recognize it’s hard to govern this sphere. It seems that is the paintings of humans outdoor the united states who remember that in a year or ,the consequences will be irreversible.”
“I didn’t even actually speak to her. She stated glad birthday, and I requested her to go away. And then a policeman showed up,” Sokolovsky told the court docket on Friday, neighborhood news companies said.
Sokolovsky had previously criticized the Russian Orthodox church in his video blog, and his case recollects that of the punk collective Pussy Riot, who spent years in prison for appearing a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s biggest cathedral. The charges against Sokolovsky relate not simplest to the Pokémon video however also to others he has produced. A date for the trial has now not yet been set.
His self-belief grew to become out to be out of place. He was arrested in early September and charged with inciting hatred and offending spiritual sensibilities. If convicted he may want to face up to five years in prison.
A judge dominated Sokolovsky need to be held underneath residence arrest even as expecting the trial, and he becomes forbidden from using the net or speaker to witnesses within the case. But on his birthday he seemingly acquired a visit from his female friend.
Pokémon Go has not been formally launched in Russia, and even as lots of young Russians are obsessed with the game, some officials and commentators had been extraordinarily skeptical, suggesting it is probably a front for both the CIA or Satan.
A Russian senator, Frants Klintsevich, said in July: “I even have the feeling that the devil himself has come via this mechanism and is trying to spoil us spiritually from within. But I apprehend it’s difficult to govern this sphere. It seems that is the paintings of people outside u . S . A . Who understand that in a yr or, the results might be irreversible.”