YouTuber Plays Pokémon GO in Russian Church, Convicted for "Inciting Religious Hatred"

By Julian Benson on at

Russian YouTuber Ruslan Sokolovsky has been convicted of "inciting religous hatred" for filming himself playing Pokémon GO in a church.

Sokolovsky has been given a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence, which means he won't be imprisoned unless he is found guilty of a new crime. Considering this is the same offence that saw Pussy Riot imprisoned for two years back in 2012, it could have gone a lot worse.

Sokolovsky posted the video back in August 2016 and he has been detained since October.

You can still see the video that got Sokolovsky in trouble:

"Until the very last moment I didn't know what the sentencing would be, that's why I was very nervous and feared I would get a real prison term," he told BBC Russian.

Sokolovsky has received support from fans and activists since his arrest, including Pussy Riot:

I guess we can add this to the long list of bizarre incidents involved Pokémon GO - from discovering bodies, to muggings, to stampedes.