International human rights organization Amnesty International recognized the Yekaterinburg blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky prisoner of conscience, said the head of the Russian representation of this structure Sergey Nikitin.
Sokolovsky was 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. The blogger, in his words, thus protesting against the norms of the law on insulting the feelings of believers.
“Blogger recognized a prisoner of conscience, since this man was put behind bars for committing non-violent action. In our opinion, such a drastic measure to prevent unlawful and excessive,” said Nikitin.
By itself, the status of prisoner of conscience means that, according to Amnesty International, the blogger should immediately release from custody, said Nikitin. The status of a prisoner of conscience, said Nikitin, is a kind of indicator that the person is in custody only because of expressing their views that do not coincide with the position of the authorities”.
“The farcical nature of the Russian blogger detained for playing Pokemon Go in the Church, emphasizes what happens when the country’s authorities is so low valued freedom of expression. Even if the behavior Sokolowski someone, perhaps, regards as disrespectful, the authorities should not put people in jail for offending religious feelings” — said on the eve of 6 September, John Dalhuisen, Director for Europe and Central Asia of Amnesty International.
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 alleged blogger article gives the result of the reason to demand the arrest of the accused, explained to RYUK Director of the analytical center “Sova” Alexander Verkhovsky. This article was previously sentenced to five years imprisonment nationalist Maxim Martsinkevich, known as Cleaver.
Previously, the young man has 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,” said the mayor. Roizman called 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, in turn, said that the Church “not out for blood, young man.”