Man convicted of inciting religious hatred for playing Pokemon Go in church

Man convicted of inciting religious hatred for playing Pokemon Go in church

A Russian blogger has been convicted of inciting religious hatred for playing Pokemon Go in a church and given a suspended sentence.

Ruslan Sokolovsky posted a video on his blog last year showing him playing the smartphone game in a church built on the supposed spot where the last Russian tsar and his family were killed.

He has been in detention since October.

Man convicted of inciting religious hatred for playing Pokemon Go in church

Judge Yekaterina Shoponyak today found Sokolovsky guilty of inciting religious hatred and gave him a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence.

It is the same offence that sent two women from the Pussy Riot punk collective to prison for two years in 2012.

She earlier said Sokolovsky's behaviour and his anti-religious videos manifested his "disrespect for society" and that Sokolovsky "intended to offend religious sentiments".

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