Ruslan Sokovsky, above, a young Russian blogger from Yekaterinburg, has been arrested for playing Pokémon Go in a church, then posting a video of his ‘crime’.
Sokovsky, according to this report, was acting in defiance of an earlier warning broadcast by a Russian state news programme against catching Pokémon on the state border or in places of worship.
He was arrested on September 3 after the authorities got wind of the fact that he has played the game in the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land, a local Orthodox church built to commemorate the murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his family.
Police considered this to be a violation of the Russian law against mockery of religious beliefs.
In the video Sokolovsky asked before heading to the building:
Who can be offended by the fact that you’re walking around a church with a smartphone?
The Moscow Times adds that in early 2016, Sokolovsky launched an atheist magazine, writing:
We have been inspired by Charlie Hebdo and have decided that there are also too few such publications in Russia … Using the written word to take on the censorship piling on from all sides and what’s practically a police state now isn’t a new idea, but it’s just as relevant today as ever.