En russisk videoblogger risikerer nu tre et halvt års fængsel i Rusland, efter han i august måned sidste år offentliggjorde en video, hvor han ikke har for pæne ord til overs for Kristendommen og vover pelsen ved at spille Pokémon GO i kirke.

Reuters kan fortælle, at den 22-årige Ruslan Sokolovsky under blasfemi-paragraffen fra 2013 står til tre et halvt års fængsel, hvis den russiske statsanklager ellers får sin vilje. Han finder ikke nogen formildende omstændinger ved Sokolovskys handlinger.

Ruslan Sokolovsky, 22, a popular blogger, last August posted a video online of himself playing Pokemon on his mobile phone inside a church in Yekaterinburg built on the spot where the last Russian tsar and his family were killed in 1918.

In the video, which contains strong language mocking Christianity, Sokolovsky likens Jesus Christ to a Pokemon character and says he had decided to play the popular game inside the church because he had seen a news report saying people who did so could be fined or jailed.

Soon after the video appeared, state prosecutors accused Sokolovsky of inciting religious hatred, the same charge used to successfully prosecute the Pussy Riot punk band in 2012 when they staged a cathedral protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I believe that there is no reason to exempt the defendant from liability,” the prosecutor told the court on Friday, the TASS news agency reported. “There is also no reason to sentence him to a fine … I request that the court sentence him to 3.5 years in a penal colony.”

A suspended sentence would create a dangerous impression of impunity, the prosecutor added

Den kontroversielle russiske blasfemilov blev vedtaget efter koncerten med Pussy Riot i Moskva i 2012. Bandet blev senere retsforfulgt og også dømt. Ruslan Sokolovsky modtager sin dom den 11. maj.

“I’m in shock,” Sokolovsky told the court after listening to the prosecutor, video footage of the proceedings showed.

“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 not in any way an extremist.”

Rusland har tidligere været ude efter Pokémon GO, da de mener at have påvist at spillet indeholder data, som hjælper den amerikanske efterretningstjeneste CIA.

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  1. Så kan han lære det ! Heldigvis er det da ikke et land der nakker hinanden over gfx-kort temperaturer…..nårh nej