Player Made Pokemon GO Video in a Russian Church, Facing 3.5 Years in Jail
When you play Pokemon GO outside, be aware of if you are voilating the laws! 22-year-old Russian Pokemon trainer Ruslan Sokolovsky played the game in the Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg in 2016 and created a video inside, questioning the country’s laws against mocking the Orthodox Church and joking about not being able to catch Jesus in the church.
Sokolovsky's video was considered "inciting religious hatred" and he was arrested and could face a maximum of 3.5 years jail time. By the way, the band "Pussy Riot" was also imprisoned for this accusation 2012. The case of this punk band received worldwide attention.
At the beginning of his Youtube video above, Sokolovsky pointed out the penalties for playing Pokemon GO in Russian churches. He said someone was already punished before and he could not understand however. At the end of the video he mocked he could not catch the "rare Pokemon Jesus".
Now Sokolovsky protested that his potential punishment outweighed the crime, according to Washington Post, and he even compared the jail term he may face to those who had been imprisoned for decades in Joseph Stalin's era for joking about the communism.