Prosecutors want prison for blogger who played ‘Pokémon Go’ in church

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MOSCOW — Russian prosecutors are demanding that a blogger spend 3½ years in prison for playing “Pokémon Go” in a church.

The trial of Ruslan Sokolovsky wrapped up Friday in the city of Yekaterinburg. The judge said a verdict would be issued May 11.

The 22-year-old Sokolovsky has been in detention since October, after posting a video on his blog showing him playing the smartphone game in a church built on the supposed spot where the last Russian tsar and his family were killed.

He is charged with inciting religious hatred. It is the same offense that sent two women from the Pussy Riot punk collective to prison for two years in 2012.

The state RIA Novosti news agency quoted Sokolovsky’s lawyer saying he hoped for acquittal or a suspended sentence.