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Monday, May 1, 2017

'Pokemon Go' to prison?

Yekaterinburg Cathedral  (Public Domain)
In the game of Monopoly, there is a “Go to Jail” card.  But when the game is over, everyone goes back to their respective homes.

Not necessarly so with certain “Pokemon Go” games.  Players who try to “catch ‘em all” within Russia’s holiest sanctuaries risk being sentenced to three-plus years of prison time.

This recently occurred with an “outspoken atheist” named Ruslan Sokolovsky.  After posting a video of his Pokemon Go stint within the Russian Orthodox Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg, Sokolovsky found himself detained by Russian officials and “charged with inciting religious hatred.”

Amnesty International has stated that Sokolovsky was peacefully exercising his “right to freedom of expression.”  A final verdict in his case is slated to be issued on May 11th.   


Copyright May 1, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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