Prosecutors request 3.5 year in prison for ‘Pokemon chaser’ Ruslan Sokolovsky


A prosecutor in Yekaterinburg demanded to appoint a penalty of 3.5 year in a corrective labor colony to video blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, who was chasing Pokemons in a church.

Ruslan Sokolovsky, accused of extremism and insulting the feelings of believers, does not admit his guilt. He filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights. The reason for the appeal was the unlawful arrest of Mr. Sokolovsky, and an unjustified choice of a preventive measure in the form of detention. His lawyer said that later he was transferred to house arrest. Currently, the accused is under house arrest until August 14th, 2017. The announcement of the final verdict for the blogger is scheduled for May 11th.

In early August 2016 a 21-year-old blogger filmed a video about how he caught a Pokemon in on of the churches of the city of Yekaterinburg. He got accused of “insulting the feelings of believers” (Article 148, part 2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and “inciting hatred or enmity, as well as humiliation of human dignity” (Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).