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Pokemon Go’ Blogger ‘Shocked’ At Russia’s Call For 3 1/2-Year Prison Term
April 28, 2017 08:22 UTC RFE/RL “Russian prosecutors have called for a 3 1/2-year prison term for a blogger charged with inciting hatred for playing the game “Pokemon Go” in a churchThe judge then adjourned the trial, saying the verdict will be pronounced on May 11. Sokolovsky was arrested in September after posting a video showing him playing Pokemon Go in a Russian Orthodox church” Read here: http://www.rferl.org/a/russia-pokemon-go-church-blogger-faces-prison/28456845.html

While they compare this case to Pussy Riot, he doesn’t appear to have been disruptive. And, yet, he could get 3 1/2 years in prison (and could have gotten 7 1/2 years in prison). One of the videos said he was a law student. He was detained in a mixture of jail and house arrest for 6 months pending trial.

link: http://youtu.be/cUmKZEWGg2I

Interesting coincidence that the verdict will be several days after the French presidential elections. French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is tied in with these Russian Orthodox extremists. Her father has long-standing ties with them and he implied in an interview that at least one of the huge loans that she got from Russia was due to Russian Oligarch-Orthodox extremist Konstantin Malofeev’s influence. See: https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/france/021115/front-national-loeil-de-moscou-enquete-sur-lalliance-avec-la-russie-de-poutine This is why it’s imperative that those who believe in secular France vote Macron. Malofeev’s Marshall Capital Partners was located on the same floor of the same building as Exxon Russia and probably still is. Trump appears tied in with Putin via Chabad. He may or may not have the Orthodox extremist ties. Don’t wait around and see: Impeach Trump now!

Excerpt from an earlier RFERL post (February 16, 2017, Carl Schreck)
http://www.rferl.org/a/russia-pokemon-blogger-sokolovsky-jesus-zombies-trial/28314245.html
Free-Speech Concerns

The Russian Orthodox Church’s influence on politics and society has steadily grown during President Vladimir Putin’s 17 years in power. During his third term, most notably, he has stressed the importance of family values and touted the church as a central part of Russian identity.

Sokolovsky has been charged under a controversial 2013 law making it a crime to “insult the religious convictions or feelings of citizens.” Critics of the legislation say it infringes on free speech and is incompatible with the officially secular Russian state.

He has also been charged under a law that criminalizes the “incitement of hatred” based on gender, race, ethnicity, language, ancestry, or religious persuasion.

Sokolovsky’s lawyer, Aleksei Bushmakov, is seeking to have the analysis by the university “experts” tossed out of the case, saying the conclusions in the document were “outside of the expertise” of the authors, RBK reported.Copyright (c) 2017. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Excerpted from: http://www.rferl.org/a/russia-pokemon-blogger-sokolovsky-jesus-zombies-trial/28314245.html



link: http://youtu.be/we3CxvqiH7U
Russian ‘Pokemon Go’ Blogger Goes On Trial
Last Updated: March 13, 2017 RFE/RL’s Russian Service

YEKATERINBURG, Russia – A Russian blogger charged with inciting hatred for playing Pokemon Go in a Russian Orthodox church went on trial in the city of Yekaterinburg on March 13.

Ruslan Sokolovsky was arrested in September 2016 after posting a video of himself playing the widely popular game application in a church in Yekaterinburg a month earlier.

Investigators charged Sokolovsky with impinging on the rights of religious believers under a controversial 2013 law making it a crime to “insult the religious convictions or feelings of citizens.”

Critics of the legislation say it infringes on free speech and is incompatible with the Russian Constitution.

Sokolovsky has also been charged under a law that criminalizes the “incitement of hatred” based on gender, race, ethnicity, language, ancestry, or religious persuasion. That law has been officially added to the list of laws against extremism.

Sokolovsky’s lawyers say their client faces up to 7 1/2 years in prison, if found guilty.

Sokolovsky pleaded not guilty during the first day of the trial on March 13, saying his activities as a blogger were never aimed at offending anyone or inciting any hatred.

“If anyone felt offended by my video blogs, I am offering my sincere apologies to them… I am a convinced atheist, but I do not have anything against religions… I am also a libertarian, which means that I am for equal rights for everyone,” Sokolovsky told the court.

Sokolovsky told journalists during a recess that he would not publicly apologize and “repent” to the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Russian Orthodox Church’s influence on politics and society has steadily grown during President Vladimir Putin’s 17 years in power. During his third term, most notably, Putin has stressed the importance of family values and touted the church as a central part of Russian identity.

Additional Charges

Sokolovsky’s YouTube channel had around 300,000 subscribers soon after his September post went online. His post followed a warning made on Russian state television not to catch “Pokemons” at religious sites.

Sokolovsky was first placed under house arrest. In October, he was sent to pretrial detention after he used the Internet and his mobile phone while at home, a violation of his house arrest according to investigators.

In January, Sokolovsky was additionally charged with “illegal possession of equipment for the secret acquisition of information.” The charge was added after investigators found a pen with an installed secret video camera in it in Sokolovsky’s apartment.

Sokolovsky said on March 13 that the pen did not belong to him, although it was in his apartment. Sokolovsky added that the pen is available on online sales and can be purchased legally.

Investigators also said that Sokolovsky uploaded eight other videos between 2013 and 2016 that insulted Christians, Muslims, and feminists.

In February, Sokolovsky was released from pretrial detention and again placed under house arrest.

Also in February, Sokolovsky’s lawyers said they appealed their client’s case with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Amnesty International has blasted Sokolovsky’s arrest as a “farcical attack on freedom of expression.” Copyright (c) 2017. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.” http://www.rferl.org/a/russia-pokemon-blogger-sokolovsky-trial-yekaterinberg/28366054.html (Emphasis our own.)

Broadcast of VOA-RFERL banned in Russia: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-04-11/voice-of-american-broadcast-silenced-by-russian-officials Russia government funded, RT news, continues US broadcasts. It is unknown if VOA-RFERL can be accessed online in Russia, or not.

Exxon Mobil and (now sanctioned person) Konstantin Malofeev’s “Marshall Capital Partners” share or at least shared a floor in the same building. The addresses can be found online as the same floor of the same building: “Malofeev apparently acted as Kremlin’s agent in financing separatists in Eastern Ukraine.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantin_Malofeev
He is supposed to be sanctioned by the US and EU:
“MALOFEYEV, Konstantin (a.k.a. MALOFEEV, Konstantin Valerevich; a.k.a. MALOFEEV, Konstantin Valerievich); DOB 03 Jul 1974; POB Pushchino, Moscow, Russia; Managing Partner of Marshall Capital Partners (individual) [UKRAINE-EO13660] (Linked To: MARSHALL CAPITAL PARTNERS).
Marshall Capital Partners
31 Novinsky boulevard, Moscow, Russia 123242.https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-06/html/2015-02483.htm
“Konstantin Valerevich MALOFEEV
Константин Валерьевич Малофеев
Born on 3.7.1974 in Puschino
Mr Malofeev is closely linked to Ukrainian separatists in Eastern Ulkraine and Crimea. He is a former employer of Mr Borodai, so-called Prime Minister of the so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ and met with Mr Aksyonov, so-called Prime Minister of the so-called ‘Republic of Crimea’, during the period of the Crimean annexation process. The Ukrainian Government has opened a criminal investigation into his alleged material and financial support to separatists.

In addition, he gave a number of public statements supporting the annexation of Crimea and the incorporation of Ukraine into Russia and notably stated in June 2014 that ‘You can’t incorporate the whole of Ukraine into Russia. The East (of Ukraine) maybe’. Therefore Mr. Malofeev is acting in support of the destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine.http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=CELEX%3A32014R0826

EMPHASIS OUR OWN THROUGHOUT.