A Russian blogger who posted a video of himself playing Pokémon Go in a church has been convicted of insulting religious believers and inciting hatred. Ruslan Sokolovsky was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison, but the judge suspended the sentence …
The suspended sentence means the blogger remains free provided he does not re-offend.
The BBC reports that Sokolovsky was ‘visibly relieved’ and thanked reporters for their coverage of the case.
Without the support from reporters, I would possibly have been given a real prison sentence.
The video was reportedly a deliberate act of defiance after warnings that playing games in church might be a crime. Sokolovsky said in the video that this was ‘complete nonsense.’