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Russian YouTuber playing Pokémon Go in church convicted for “inciting religious hatred”

Russian YouTuber playing Pokémon Go in church convicted for “inciting religious hatred”Russian blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, who filmed himself playing Pokémon Go in Yekaterinburg’s Church of All Saints and posted his video on YouTube at the height of the game’s popularity in August 2016, on Thursday was convicted by a court in Yekaterinburg and given a given a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence.

This is reported by The Guardian.

His video shows Sokolovsky playing the game in the Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg and referring to local news reports that warned people from playing it in Russia’s churches. It has since been watched more than a million times.

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He said: “How can one offend by entering a church with a smartphone?

“I decided to just catch some Pokémon in church because, why not?

“I believe it’s both safe and not prohibited by law. Let’s go.”

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