Russian prosecutors demanded a prison sentence of three years and six months on April 28 for blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky who uploaded a video of himself playing Pokemon Go in a church in Yekaterinburg last summer.
Ahead of the verdict which is due to be delivered on May 11, The Moscow Times explains details of this usual case and some of the most notable testimonies given in court, first reported by the Mediazona website.
What are the charges?
Attention has focused on a video uploaded to YouTube in August, in which the 22-year-old Sokolovsky filmed himself playing the Pokemon Go virtual reality game on his iPhone in the Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg. The church was built on the spot where Tsar Nicholas II and his family were believed to have been killed by the Bolsheviks.
In a short speech at the beginning of the video, the 22-year-old Sokolovsky dismisse s media reports …
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