Blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky was convicted of insulting the feelings of believers after recording a video with catching the pokemon in the game Pokemon Go in the temple. This was announced judge Catherine Shopvac at the meeting of the Verkh-Isetsky court of Yekaterinburg, where today began the sentencing.
Shopvac the verdict was announced that Sokolovsky “made a series of premeditated crimes.” Punishment, the court-appointed expert, will be announced at the end of the sentence.
“In all the nine videos presented marked signs of incitement of national or religious hatred: religion is the believers, the clergy, Muslim, national, social — clergy, feminists,” said the judge.
The prosecution asked to sentence a 21-year-old resident of Yekaterinburg to three and a half years in a penal colony, noting that “a suspended sentence will only breed a sense of impunity”.
Sokolovsky was arrested in September after the publication of the video, in which he played at Church in the popular mobile games on your iPhone. In the video he talked about the fact that walking with your smartphone during the service is unlikely to result in criminal liability. Sokolovsky accused of extremism. It was decided about the detention of blogger.
In early September, the works were charged under article 148 (“violation of the right to freedom of conscience and religion”) and article 282 (“inciting hatred or hostility, and humiliation of human dignity”). Sokolovsky was placed in jail for two months, but later the measure of restraint was changed to house arrest.
28 Oct Sokolowski changed the measure of restraint from house arrest to detention until 23 January 2017. The reason was that he violated the terms of house arrest — he had visitors.
19 Jan blogger became involved in another criminal case on illicit trafficking of special equipment for secret obtaining of information (part 1 of article 138 of the criminal code). The reason for the case was a pen with a video camera that was discovered in the house of a blogger during searches. Punishment under this article — till four years of imprisonment.
Sokolowski himself denies guilt and does not consider himself an extremist. In his last words which he uttered on April 27, he concluded that judge him for what he allowed himself obscene jokes against the Church. “I may be an idiot, but in any case not an extremist,” said Sokolowski.