Prosecutors in Russia have asked for a punishment of three and a half years in jail for a blogger who played the game “Pokemon Go” in a Russian Orthodox church and later posted a video to YouTube about it. He was charged with inciting religious hatred. Ruslan Sokolovsky, a 22-year-old popular blogger, was charged with “inciting hatred” and “insulting the feelings of religious believers” after he posted a YouTube video in August 2016, which sought to mock Christianity and

showed how he played “Pokemon Go” on his phone inside a church in the central city of Yekaterinburg. The video has been viewed more than 1.7 million times. “There are no grounds to let the defendant go unpunished,” a prosecutor told the court, according to Reuters. “I ask for a punishment of three years and six months of imprisonment for all crimes.” The court is scheduled to pronounce the verdict on May 11. Sokolovsky is currently under house arrest. He was arrested in September. READ MORE