A Russian blogger was given a suspended sentence after he played Pokémon Go in a church

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He was given a 3 ½-year suspended sentence for playing the game on his mobile phone during a service in August in the Church of All Saints, an Orthodox church in Yekaterinburg.The most interesting part of the story is the fact that Sokolovsky came to the attention of authorities after he posted a video on his blog. His video made a “mockery of the immaculate conception,” denied “the existence of Jesus and Prophet Muhammad” and gave “an offensive description of Patriarch Kirill,” the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, according Judge Yekaterina Shoponyak. “But, you know, I didn’t catch the rarest Pokémon that you could find there – Jesus. They said it doesn’t even exist, so I’m not really surprised.” Sokolovsky said at the end of the video. Human rights groups and Amnesty International condemned the verdict. Many prominent figures in Russia expressed outrage at Sokolovsky’s conviction, seeing it as a condemnation of atheism which he believed being  born and grew up in the Soviet Union.

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