This YouTuber Is Genuinely Going To Prison For Playing Pokémon Go

6 September 2016, 10:38 | Updated: 17 July 2017, 12:20

We the Unicorns

By Benedict Townsend

Admittedly, they were trying to catch pocket monsters in a very stupid place

Another day, another dramatic Pokémon story. A Russian YouTuber by the name of Ruslan Sokolovsky, decided he would play Pokémon Go inside of a historic Russian church This may seem a rather random thing to do but Ruslan has a history of criticising the Russian church. Ruslan fronted the video by saying that he felt what he was about to do would be okay, saying: "I believe it's both safe and not prohibited by law." (Spoiler alert: nope).

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Once the video went up, the Russian authorities began to look into it, which lead to the YouTuber being arrested and imprisoned - a harsh move, especially because Russia is usually so chill and inclusive. A statement from the Russian police said that his crimes are punishable by 'up to five years in prison'.

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Yikes. The YouTuber is currently being detained for two months (ouch) pending further action. A hasthag campaign is already underway to try and free him. We hope the story has a peaceful resolution. Here's the full video: