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Russia: Pokémon Go Blogger Found Guilty of Inciting Religious Hatred

By: for on May 19, 2017
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A Russian court found the 22-year-old blogger guilty after he played the game in a 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 in the city of Yekaterinburg. He has been in detention since October.

Judge Yekaterina Shoponyak on Thursday 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.

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