Catcher of pokemon
On Monday, the defense will submit to the judicial Board on criminal cases of Sverdlovsk regional court the complaint to arrest of Yekaterinburg blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, told his lawyer Stanislav Ilchenko.
Sokolowski was on Saturday, September 3, placed for two months in jail after he posted a video of the game Pokemon GO in the Temple-on-Blood in Ekaterinburg. In the video sounded stylized Church singing obscene language, and in the end, as believes a consequence, Sokolov sneered about the basics of Christianity. Blogger explained their actions of protest against legislation that prohibits such actions.
Sokolowski’s lawyer argues that the decision to arrest his client was “illegal and unreasonable”, and given the fact that Sokolowski previously convicted, young and has positive characteristics, the likelihood is high that he will choose a more lenient measure of restraint. The investigation is asked to take Sokolovsky into custody because he allegedly can continue to release videos as well as to exert pressure on witnesses and to impede the proceedings, explained Ilchenko.
For a young man already stood up the mayor of Yekaterinburg Yevgeny Roizman. “He is 22 years old, lives alone with his invalid mother. This savagery. The guy, of course, provoked, but to arrest a man for idiocy, a desire to hang out and bad manners not to, ” he stressed, calling on the Metropolitan of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye Kirill to intercede for the blogger. Shortly thereafter, Metropolitan Kirill announced that he is ready to apply to Sokolowski was released. The official representative of the Russian Orthodox Church Vladimir Legoyda said that the Church “not out for blood, young man.”
The criminal case against Sokolowski was instituted under two articles of the Criminal code 148 (“violation of the right to freedom of conscience and religion”) and 282 (“inciting hatred or hostility, and humiliation of human dignity”). The second article is more severe, it gives the investigators the ability to demand the arrest of the accused, says Director of the analytical center “Sova” Alexander Verkhovsky. This article was previously sentenced to five years imprisonment nationalist Maxim Martsinkevich, known as Cleaver.
Article 148, which stipulates criminal liability for “public actions expressing clear disrespect for society and committed to insult the religious feelings of believers” — is relatively new and was only approved in 2013, and still the result is very rarely excites her criminal case, says Verkhovsky. The maximum penalty for non-post individuals for it provides for imprisonment up to one year.
Complaints under this article are received regularly, but law enforcement agencies usually try to “get out”, the expert said: the law enforcement practice it is still very small, and nobody wants to risk once again, confronted with a strange case.
For example, this year the trial started against Viktor Krasnov, who wrote the atheist comments on a social network “Vkontakte” and called the Bible a “Jewish fairy tales”. But in June, the world court of Stavropol suspended and sent it for further examination.
Work and compulsory treatment
According to the Sova centre, since the introduction in the criminal code under article 148 of all was rendered only four of the sentence, and none of them involved actual custody. In April, Orenburg was sentenced to a fine of 35 thousand rubles a teacher at Orenburg state medical University Sergey Lazarov who in 2013 published an article on the Internet “Angry Christ”. In June of this year, the court sentenced to compulsory labour for 230 hours two residents of the Kirov region Konstantin Kazantsev and Rustem shaydullina. They were convicted of that in the fall of 2015 they hung a homemade Scarecrow c offensive inscription on the memorial cross in the village of Staraya Malinovka.
In July, the Elista city court of Kalmykia has sentenced to two years imprisonment Saida Osmanova, who was accused of desecrating statues of the Buddha.
Otherwise, the outcome of the case Anton Simakov, whom the press called “masters of voodoo”. He was sent for compulsory treatment. In the fall of 2014 SOU in the presence of journalists made a public ritual sacrifice, beheading the cock and sprinkled it with the blood of Orthodox cover. Then he hung on the bridge stuffed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. His act he explained that his goal was “the destruction of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
While the application of article 148 — rather a rarity, but as soon as there will be examples of sentences, investigators and judges will have less fear, and the number of cases and therefore sentences will grow, predicts Verkhovsky.