YouTube Star Faces Seven Freakin’ Years in Jail for Playing Pokémon GO
YouTubers aren’t always the sharpest tools in the shed, especially when it comes to doing things that are illegal. We’re not saying Russian YouTube star Ruslan Sokolovsky is completely innocent by any means, but we can’t help but think his potential 7-year prison stint seems a little hefty for the crime he committed — playing Pokémon GO in church.
The 22-year-old filmed himself walking around a Russian Orthodox church in Yekaterinburg, catching various Pokémon for a YT video posted in August 2016 and was subsequently accused of “blasphemy” and was charged with “inciting religious hatred” and “offending religious sensibilities.” Ruslan pleaded not guilty and is currently on trial in a Russian court.
“I didn’t aim to offend anyone,” the social media star said while on trial.
Ruslan also said he made the video “with critical and polemical aims,” and is ready to apologize to anyone who found it harmful.
“I didn’t ask these people to watch my video clips,’ he told journalists when court was adjourned. “Who is the Russian Orthodox Church that I have to publicly repent in front of them?”
While the man was once on house arrest while awaiting trial, he was transferred to actual prison in late October after his girlfriend visited him on his birthday, which was a violation of the rules.
Can you imagine — seven years in jail for playing a game in church!?! Cray-zee.
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