Poke­mon Go lands a man in de­ten­tion

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

A young Rus­sian blog­ger has been charged with in­cit­ing ha­tred and of­fend­ing reli­gious sen­si­bil­i­ties af­ter film­ing him­self play­ing Poke­mon Go in a Yeka­ter­in­berg cathe­dral.

Rus­lan Sokolovski is in de­ten­tion for two months, a state­ment by the in­ves­tiga­tive com­mit­tee said this week­end, and could face a five-year jail term if con­victed.

On Au­gust 11, Sokolovski pub­lished a video on his YouTube chan­nel show­ing him en­ter­ing the Church of All Saints in Yeka­ter­in­burg and play­ing on his iPhone through­out the cathe­dral.

“How can one of­fend by en­ter­ing a church with a smart­phone?” he said.

But in­ves­ti­ga­tors said searches on his home had shown ev­i­dence of in­cite­ment to ha­tred and at­tacks on the lib­erty of faith.

Au­thor­i­ties world­wide have is­sued a slew of warn­ings since the hugely pop­u­lar smart­phone app was launched in July.

It has al­ready been blamed for a wave of crimes, traf­fic vi­o­la­tions and com­plaints in cities around the globe.

The free app uses satel­lite lo­ca­tions, graph­ics and cam­era ca­pa­bil­i­ties to over­lay car­toon mon­sters on real-world set­tings, chal­leng­ing play­ers to cap­ture and train the crea­tures for bat­tles.

has been pop­u­lar in Ja­pan since first be­ing launched as soft­ware in 1996 for Nin­tendo’s iconic Game Boy con­sole.

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