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A Russian blogger played Pokemon GO in a church. Now he could face prison.


Ruslan Sokolovsky was caught playing Pokémon GO in a Russian church.

Rude, perhaps. But worthy of jail time? Well, in the Russian government's mind, yes, according to Agence France-Presse

Sokolovsky posted a video to YouTube of him playing in the Yekaterinburg church which got more than 1.6 million views. He is pleading not guilty of religious charges and said he would apologize to anyone that was offended. His trial began Monday.

WATCH | Here's the original YouTube clip, in which Sokolovsky says, "Who can ever be offended by you walking around with your smartphone?"

I didn't ask these people to watch my video clips. Who is the Russian Orthodox Church that I have to publicly repent in front of them?
Ruslan Sokolovsky

Sokolovsky is a self-described atheist who said he didn't aim to offend anyone.

Amnesty International called the charges against him "farcical" and demanded his release. 

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Maria Alekhina, left, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot attend a news conference of the Cinema for Peace organization in Berlin, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

He was charged under a law passed in response to a Pussy Riot concert in Moscow that led to two-year jail sentences for two members. 

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