‘Pokemon chaser’ Sokolovsky put into registry for extremists, his bank accounts blocked


The Federal Service for Financial Monitoring put blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky into the registry of extremists. In May 2017 Sokolovsky received a suspended sentence for chasing Pokemons in a church.

“Sokolovsky was added into the list of terrorists and extremists, his number is 5,847, and there are 7,524 people there in total. All his bank accounts were blocked,” his lawyer said.

The information is confirmed by the site of Rosfinmonitoring, where Sokolovsky is listed among other Russians involved in extremist activity.


Last week, the Sverdlovsk Regional Court softened Sokolovsky’s suspended sentence from 3.5 years to 2 years and 3 months. The appellate instance nullified the accusation of illegal storing of special means: an ‘spy’ pen with a video camera in it.

Sokolovsky‘s defense intends to challenge the legitimacy of the criminal article for insulting the feelings of believers.

A criminal prosecution of Ruslan Sokolovsky started after he posted a video on YouTube, where he plays Pokemon GO game in the Temple on Blood in Yekaterinburg in August 2016.

Source: RIA