Boruch Gorin, head of public relations Department of the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia (FJCR) has endorsed the verdict of the Ekaterinburg court in the case of «pokemon catcher» Ruslan Sokolovsky, but the accusations against him as «absurd and provocative».
«The fact that the judge chose the punishment not connected with imprisonment is, in my opinion, a positive fact, because the prison is better yet no one did» – quoted Gorin website «Interfax-Religion».
He, however, believed that the wording of the indictment «shocking». For example, the statement judges that Sokolovsky has violated some article of the criminal code, «expressing doubts about the existence of God,» Gorin compared with the stories of Kafka.
«This is one of the «red flags» for a long time already explosive relations with religion. We have religious values at some point began to take the place of the national idea and gradually turn into a national idea is akin to Communist, when it was rather the fact of doubts about the future of communism, so people could go to jail for anti-Soviet activities. I’m ashamed that people on the street are afraid to Express their attitude to the existence of God due to the fact that it can be secular court that do not understand this», – concluded the representative of the FJC.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that the Verkh-Isetskiy district court of Yekaterinburg sentenced the new Sokolowski to three years and six months imprisonment, finding him guilty under part 1 of article 282 («inciting hatred or enmity, and humiliation of human dignity») and part 1 of article 148 («Public actions expressing clear disrespect for society and committed to insult the religious feelings of believers») of the criminal code, as well as in illicit trafficking of special technical means (article 138.1 of the criminal code).
The court refused to recognize that Sokolovsky was judged for playing Pokemon Go in the Temple-on-Blood in Ekaterinburg, which he videotaped and posted on the web. Instead, he was convicted of insulting the religious feelings of believers «through the denial of the existence of God as such, and in particular Jesus Christ and the prophet Muhammad,» thereby arousing the hatred of the Orthodox Church in General and personally to Patriarch Kirill.