Remember a few months ago when Ruslan Sokolovsky was being put on trial for playing Pokémon Go in a church? And remember how we all thought “this is absolutely ridiculous” at the time because it’s just an app? Well, buckle in, kids. You’re about to learn a new level of dumb bureaucratic decision making via the country of Russia.
According to the Russian news agency TASS, Sokolovsky has been added to his country’s terrorist watch list. The report shows that after being given a suspended two-year sentence for the country-based crime of “offending religious sentiments” for playing Pokémon Go in a church, he was added to the list which will put him on a no-fly ban and all of his bank accounts have been blocked.
Again, because I can’t stress this enough, a guy who played an app on his cell phone in a religious house of worship has been put on the same list that the Russian government uses to track down members of ISIS, the Taliban, and other extremists groups and individuals who they feel pose a threat to the country. If there was ever a point in time you needed proof that going to Russia is still a bad idea, here’s a hearty dose of reality for you.