Ruslan Sokolovsky playing in church. - Amnesty International UK/Montage


A Russian blogger, Ruslan Sokolovsky, 22, from Yekaterinburg in Russia, was convicted of "inciting religious hatred for playing" Pokemon Go in a church. He was given a 3 year suspended sentence, ABC News reports.

He has been in detention since October 2016.

Sokolovsky posted a video on his blog last year showing him playing the smartphone game in a church built on the supposed spot where the last Russian czar and his family were killed in the city of Yekaterinburg. He has been in detention since October.

Judge Yekaterina Shoponyak said in a TV-interview, according to the ABC News, that Sokolovsky's behavior and his anti-religious videos manifested a "disrespect for society," Shoponyak said in televised remarks, adding that Sokolovsky "intended to offend religious sentiments."

The judge pointed out that the 22-year-old video blogger was on trial not only for playing the game in the church but also for posting several videos that offended believers.