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A court in Russia’s Urals city Yekaterinburg ruled on Thursday that blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, who played the popular Pokemon Go game in a local church, is guilty on all charges, a TASS correspondent reported.
Axar.az reports citing TASS.
"In accordance with the expert evaluation, the court found blogger Sokolovsky guilty of inciting hatred, violating religious feelings and illegal possession of special technical means - a pen with a video camera," the judge said.
According to the court, the blogger’s guilt is proved by scandalous videos and evidence of witnesses. During the court hearings, Sokolovsky did not deny that he had been the author of these videos.
The judge said the blogger filmed scandalous videos to "earn money and attain fame."
The state prosecutor had earlier requested a 3.5 year prison sentence for Sokolovsky.
Pokemon catcher’s case
In early August 2016, Sokolovsky filmed a video of himself catching Pokemon in Yekaterinburg’s Church on Blood built on the site, where the last Emperor of Russia Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918. The video stirred up a controversy among believers while a criminal case was initiated in accordance with the Russian Criminal Code’s articles citing incitement to hatred and enmity, denigrating human dignity, as well as violating the right to freedom of conscience and religion.
2017.05.11 / 12:48