Atheist blogger on trial in Russia for playing ‘Pokemon GO’ in church

An atheist video blogger has gone on trial in Russia for playing “Pokemon GO” in a church.

The trial of Ruslan Sokolovsky started Monday in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg. The well-known blogger is accused of inciting religious hatred for playing the popular video game in a Russian Orthodox church in Yekaterinburg.

Investigators have charged the 22-year-old with inciting religious hatred, the same offense that sent two women from the Pussy Riot punk collective to prison for two years in 2012, and insulting the feelings of religious believers.

Sokolovsky, who has pleaded not guilty, faces a possible sentence of 7 ½ years in prison if convicted.

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