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Ruslan Sokolovsky, a blogger who is accused by a state prosecutor for playing Pokemon Go inside an Orthodox church, appears with his mother Yelena Chingina in a court during his sentencing in Yekaterinburg, Russia May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alexei Kolchin


YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - A Russian court on Thursday gave a suspended jail sentence to a blogger who was detained after he played the Pokemon Go video game inside a Russian Orthodox church in 2016.

Ruslan Sokolovsky was found guilty of inciting religious hatred after posting a video on YouTube where he is seen playing Pokemon Go game on his cell phone in a church. The video scored more than 1.9 million views.

The court also sentenced 22-year-old Sokolovsky to 160 hours of compulsory community service and told him not to show up in public places.

(Reporting by Natalia Shurmina; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Christian Lowe)


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