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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Russian Blogger Arrested for Playing Pokémon Go in Church

Russian Blogger Arrested for Playing Pokémon Go in Church

Russian Blogger Arrested for Playing Pokémon Go in Church

Added: Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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Just another Pussy Riot-style story: Ruslan Sokolovsky, a prominent YouTube blogger, was filmed catching Pokémon in the Church of All Saints in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, and now faces 5 years in jail. The mayor of the city called the arrest a “disgrace” and tweeted that “You can’t hold a man liable for idiocy, bad manners and desire to show-off.”

When the Pokémon Go hype was at its height, the blogger was filmed catching Pokémon in the church. The video in question by now has been watched almost a million times, and Sokolovsky refers in it to news reports warning players could be jailed if they played the game in the church. He questions: “How can one offend by entering a church with a smartphone?” and decides to check it out. After he posted the video, police began its investigation and have already charged the YouTuber with inciting hatred and offending religious sensibilities, detaining him for 2 months. The penalty could reach up to 5 years in prison – under the same offence that sent Pussy Riot to prison for 2 years.

Sokolovsky has about 300,000 subscribers on YouTube and is known for previously making videos criticizing the Russian church. This arrest received wide publicity: for example, Russian Orthodox Church spokesman posted on his Facebook page saying Sokolovsky had not been arrested for catching Pokémon.

In the meantime, Evgeny Roizman, the mayor of the city, who is loved by the people very much, tried to do something to help the 22-year-old out of jail. He had to apply to high officials of the Russian Orthodox Church to speak in favor of the blogger, and recently tweeted that they will ask to release the YouTuber. Pussy Riot also supported the guy online, of course.

It must be said that Pokémon Go has not officially been released in Russia, but local officials have already criticized the game, claiming that it was made by intelligence services to spy after people.

Since Sokolovsky’s arrest, there have been reports that activists all over the country were planning to catch Pokémon in another church. One of the members of the Russian branch of the Progress party urged others to join him in playing Pokémon to protest the arrest of the vlogger. Whether such efforts are successful in securing blogger’s release remains to be seen.

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Date:  Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-09-08 20:07:11)
No avatarWish we had those laws here. Why come to church if you're not paying attention to the sermon?

posted by (2016-09-09 00:09:11)
nonotz avatarim not playing pokemon , but whats wrong with playing pokemon inside a church ... im a catholic as well, and a bazillion ppl use their phone in a mass.

selfie, texting, playing games (not just pokemon go), etc...

posted by (2016-09-09 00:21:05)
No avatarThis is the most ridiculous article.. If it's actually true, god help us all!

posted by (2016-09-09 07:45:49)
eyemanozzy avatari knew pokemon was for idiots , now it looks like church is for idiots too !
russia has idiots running their country as well , it all sounds idiotic to me !!

posted by Turtle (2016-09-09 09:16:47)
ReservoirDogs avatar# eyemanozzy "now it looks like church is for idiots too !" churches were always for idiots who can't take responsibilities of their act .. "plz god forgive me, i don't know why i did that" ... no balls and the worst is they though that after it's all OK ...

posted by (2016-09-09 09:42:53)
eyemanozzy avatar@ ReservoirDogs , i know that but didn,t want to get into any arguements that start with
"you non believer" or "heathen" lol
some have god and some worship a person with 100 arms coming out of their head !
that's their desease not mine lmao

posted by (2016-09-09 20:49:57)
No avatarI find it hilarious that a country that was Communist has become such a defender of Orthodox Christianity. "Offending religious sensibilities," what a laugh. Of course it's truly just anything that legitimizes the ruling elite doing as they please with the people. As for the charge of "inciting hatred," what about all the attacks on homosexuals and dark-skinned individuals that nothing gets done about in Russia? Pathetic....

posted by Kitty (2016-09-10 09:22:59)
Crash1 avatar@randomsage ... Who said anything about it being DURING A SERMON???

Anyway, This is OLD news ... he was ARRESTED TWO MONTHS AGO ... and was RELEASED FROM JAIL THE DAY THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN (Two Days Ago ... ONE day before it was POSTED)!!

posted by (2016-09-10 15:55:25)
rebornawareness avatarVladimir Putin is set to ban Pokemon GO from Russia after an internal Kremlin investigation revealed the viral augmented reality smartphone game has direct links to the CIA and wider intelligence community and is being used to secretly gather data on a colossal scale.Young people are being tricked into giving up their privacy to these intelligence agencies, according to Kremlin sources, and while playing the game they act as unwitting intelligence gatherers for the CIA. The game has an extensive list of intrusive tracking permissions, and it is these ‘fine print clauses’ that raised eyebrows in the Kremlin and sparked the ongoing investigation.

The game’s creator, Niantec, is closely linked to the CIA. Niantec CEO John Hanke created Keyhole in 2001 – which was later bought by Google.

Most of the money used to create Keyhole came from the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency and the CIA.

Pokemon GO is the pinnacle of Hanke’s intelligence gathering career thus far. He is a New World Order intelligence operative whose career has been creating ingenious ways to spy on unsuspecting citizens and siphon the information back to intelligence agencies.

With the launch of the viral game, the CIA effectively recruited millions of unaware, distracted people to work as intelligence and surveillance operatives, gathering previously time consuming, expensive data for the intelligence agency.

An agency that wants footage of the inside of a home or building can now place desirable Pokemon there, and naive citizens will collect the footage for them.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-09-11 13:07:25)
analogkid6103 avatarThe sheeple will be the end of us all.

posted by (2016-09-11 15:47:04)
Sheefag avataronly in russia

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