Russian Pokemon Go player could face years in jail for playing in a church

Pokemon Go player could face years in jail for playing in a church

A Pokemon Go player could face years in jail (Stock image)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Russian prosecutors have called for a blogger to serve more than three years in jail for playing Pokemon Go in a church.

Ruslan Sokolovsky was filmed playing the game in the Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg, according to Sky News.

A video of the incident was posted on YouTube and has amassed more than 1.7 million views. 

During the footage the blogger even asks: "Who can ever be offended by you walking around a church with your smartphone?" But he then goes on to describe Jesus as the rarest Pokemon.

One month after the video was posted online, the man was charged with inciting religious hatred and arrested.

Sokolovsky is now being held under house arrest, after previously being held at a detention centre.

The 22-year old has said: "I have been in jail, I was there for three months, and it is the doorway to hell.

"I do not consider myself an extremist, maybe I'm an idiot, but [I am] not in any way an extremist."

A verdict will be given on the case on May 11.