In Ekaterinburg “the catcher pokémon” brought a criminal case on espionage pen

Moscow. 20 Jan. INTERFAX – Yekaterinburg “pokémon catcher”, the blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, accused of extremism, has become a defendant in a criminal case on illicit trafficking of special equipment for secret obtaining of information, have informed “Interfax” his lawyer Alexei Bashmakov.

“Today it became known that in respect Sokolowski initiated another criminal case – on the illicit trafficking of special technical means intended for secret receipt of information (part 1 of article 138 of the criminal code),” – said A. Bashmakov on Thursday.

According to him, the reason was discovered during a search of the home pen with a video camera.

Earlier it was reported that the Verkh-Isetskiy district court of Yekaterinburg on Thursday granted the petition of the investigation on the extension of a preventive measure in the form of an opinion R. Sokolowski custody until February 22.

Meanwhile, as reported by the lawyer A. Buzmakov, Chairman of the expert Council for conducting religious studies examinations at the General Directorate of justice of Sverdlovsk region Evgeny Ivanov found no evidence of abuse, humiliation, arousal and hatred between groups of individuals as a result of studying the alleged R. Sokolowski videos and electronic journals.

“All the materials the signs of propaganda of religious supremacy or religious supremacy do not exist. No hateful ideology, agenda or programme of action, calls to action, arousing hostility and hatred, an excuse or justification of such actions materials do not contain. Public actions expressing clear disrespect for society and committed to insult the religious feelings of believers Sokolovsky, as established experts, not made”, – said A. Bashmakov.

As reported, the Sverdlovsk regional court on 3 November 2016, dismissed the appeal of protection “catcher pokemon”, blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky on the judgment of the district court change his measure of restraint from house arrest to detention.

Investigative bodies of the RCDS November 3, has indicted 21-year-old blogger, who in 2016, posted a video on the Internet about how he caught the pokemon in the Ekaterinburg Temple-on-Blood. According to investigators, the video files, according to the specialists research, contain signs of incitement of hatred or enmity, and equally humiliation of human dignity.

Was indicted on two counts of crimes under part 1 of article 282 (inciting hatred or hostility, and humiliation of human dignity) and one count under part 2 of article 148 of the criminal code (violation of the right to freedom of conscience and religion, committed in places specially designed for worship, other religious rites and ceremonies).

The district court concluded the young man into custody for two months. However, on 8 September the regional court amended R. Sokolowski measure of restraint on house arrest. Blogger was forbidden to leave the house, interact with other defendants in the case, and use telephone and other communications, including the Internet.

28 Oct R. Sokolowski changed the measure of restraint from house arrest to detention until 23 January 2017, because he has violated the conditions of house arrest (he was visited by visitors).

As was stated by the head of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vladimir Legoyda, a young man arrested “is still not for catching pokemon in the Church, and for his video (maybe not one), where it is a very specific way this whole process demonstrates, comments and so on”.

The Commissioner for human rights in the region Tatiana Merzlyakova sent a letter to the Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia Yuri Ponomarev, where he shared his vision of the situation with the blogger. In particular, she expressed the view that the actions of “the catcher pokémon” did not contain any of the acts or intentions associated with the insult of feelings of believers. R. Sokolowski, according to her version, pursued commercial interest, and, having made a “pokemon catcher” into custody, law enforcement agencies are attracted to R. Sokolowski “absolutely undeserved attention.”