In September of last year we reported on the arrest of a Russian YouTuber; after he had uploaded a video of himself playing ‘Pokémon GO’ in a prestigious church. Ruslan Sokolovsky’s supposed act of “blasphemy” meant that he could faced at least five years in prison under the charge of “inciting hatred”.
Sokolovsky filmed himself wandering around the building, catching Pokémon like Poliwag and Zubat; much to the chagrin of the Russian Orthodox Church. Now, after spending the past few months in jail since the initial charge, Sokolovsky has officially gone to trial; where he pleaded not guilty, claiming he “didn’t aim to offend anyone”.
“Who is the Russian Orthodox Church that I have to publicly repent in front of them?”
Sokolovsky is currently under house arrest; but could face incarceration of up to seven years.