MOSCOW, May 11 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – A court in Yekaterinburg on Thursday gave videoblogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, who had been playing Pokemon Go in a church, a 3.5-year suspended sentence for inciting enmity and hatred, his lawyer Aleksey Bushmakov told RAPSI.

According to the attorney, the sentence will be appealed in a regional court. Moreover, a complaint will be filed with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over violations allegedly committed  by law enforcement authorities and court in this criminal case.

Earlier, prosecutor demanded a 3.5-year prison term for Sokolovsky.

The blogger has been charged with incitement of hatred, violation of religious rights and illegal possession of special technical means intended for obtaining secret information. 

Sokolovsky insisted on innocence and claimed that said technical means, photo- and video-camera, mounted in the housing of a ballpoint pen, belonged to one Sergey Lazarev who lives in Ukraine. Russian authorities were not able to locate and interrogate Lazarev, Bushmakov told RAPSI earlier.

According to investigators, from May 2013 to September 2016, the defendant produced nine video files and placed them on the YouTube. These videos, according to a forensic examination, contain signs of incitement of hatred or hostility, humiliation of human dignity and a group of persons on the grounds of nationality, religion, as well as against members of a particular social group. Placement of these videos on the Internet was qualified by experts as public actions, expressing clear disrespect for society and committed to insult the religious feelings of believers.

In addition, Sokolovsky allegedly used unlawfully acquired special technical means. Investigators believe that he recorded videos through camera in the housing of a ballpoint pen. According to experts, the device corresponds to the category of special technical means intended for secret reception and registration of visual and acoustic information.

The case against Sokolovsky was launched after he had published video on Youtube channel, in which he played the mobile app of the popular Pokemon Go game in Orthodox Church-on-Blood in Yekaterinburg.

Pokemon Go, a videogame with elements of augmented reality for mobile devices, became incredibly popular all over the world.