Teen faces 5 years in jail for playing Pokemon Go in Russian church

BY: TC Newman

Playing Pokemon Go in church isn't very respectful, but in Russia it's also illegal!

Ruslan Sokolovsky, a 22 year old Russian blogger, is facing 5 years in jail for playing Pokemon Go in church.

Sokolovsky has nearly 300,000 subscribers on YouTube and filmed himself catching Pokemon inside the Russian Orthodox Church of All Saints.

The video, which has now been viewed over a million times, shows him walking into the historic church and looking for the cartoon creatures in the popular augmented reality game.

He was arrested on charges of "inciting hatred and offending religious sensibilities." He will be detained for at least two months. If convicted, this Russian crime comes with a possible sentence of 5 years in jail.

This arrest has caused outrage, both from people offended by Sokolovsky using the mobile app in what they consider a holy site and from people who feel his internet stunt should not be considered a serious crime.

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