Court docket puts blogger who performed Pokémon Pass in church underneath house arrest
Posted by Jonathan M. McCoy on 30th July 2020

The Sverdlovsk Local Court has ruled to area the blogger who performed the famous Pokémon Cross sport in a church under residence arrest, the Court docket’s press service said on Sept. 8.

“The Courtroom has determined to release Roman Sokolovsky from custody and place him below residence arrest until Nov. 25,” the click provider said. “He will not be allowed to use his cellular phone and Net.”
Sokolovsky, 21, turned into placed into custody on Sept. 3, a few three weeks after he posted a video on YouTube displaying him catching pokemon in the Church on Blood in Honor of All Saints Resplendent in Yekaterinburg built on the web site, in which the ultimate Emperor of Russia, Nicholas II, and his own family had been murdered in 1918.

The blogger was charged with insulting the emotions of worshippers and inciting hatred and is dealing with up to 5 years at the back of bars. The local Investigative Committee stated that his films had elements of extremism, adding that a secret agent pen digital camera was found in his rented condominium. The usage of such devices in Russia is unlawful.

Deacon Vladimir Vasilik, an Assistant Professor at St. Petersburg State College, advised TASS that the incident was exaggerated. He said that the laws concentrated on people who insult the emotions of worshippers need to be used against crook companies which deliberately discredit monks and desecrate shrines.

“As opposed to combating these criminals, law enforcement arrest a sick-mannered blogger and make him even extra famous,” Vasilik noted, including that an excessive amount of public attention was given to this case.