The university student could face up to 5 years in prison.
Ruslan Sokolovsky is a university student and YouTuber based in Yekaterinburg, Russia. He has over 290,000 subscribers on YouTube.
Back in August, Sokolovsky shared a video of himself playing Pokémon Go inside a local orthodox church. The video was viewed over 900,000 times.
In the video, Sokolovsky talks about a news report from July about Pokémon Go players facing criminal charges for using their phone in Russian churches. He says that he finds it strange to ban phones and Pokémon Go in churches. So he decided to test the ban and filmed himself playing the game in the Church of All Saints, Yekaterinburg.
Pokémon Go is not yet officially available in Russia.
Sokolovsky has historically been critical of the Church – at the beginning of this year he started a blog criticizing religion in general.