YouTubers aren’t always the sharpest tools in the shed, especially when it comes to doing things that are illegal. We’re not saying Russian YouTube star Ruslan Sokolovsky is completely innocent by any means, but we can’t help but think his potential 7-year prison stint seems a little hefty for the crime he committed — playing Pokémon GO in church.
The 22-year-old filmed himself walking around a Russian Orthodox church in Yekaterinburg, catching various Pokémon for a YT video posted in August 2016 and was subsequently accused of “blasphemy” and was charged with “inciting religious hatred” and “offending religious sensibilities.” Ruslan pleaded not guilty and is currently on trial in a Russian court.
“I didn’t aim to offend anyone,” the social media star said while on trial.
Ruslan also said he made the video “with critical and polemical aims,” and is ready to apologize to anyone who found it harmful.
“I didn’t ask these people to watch my video clips,’ he told journalists when court was adjourned. “Who is the Russian Orthodox Church that I have to publicly repent in front of them?”
While the man was once on house arrest while awaiting trial, he was transferred to actual prison in late October after his girlfriend visited him on his birthday, which was a violation of the rules.
Can you imagine — seven years in jail for playing a game in church!?! Cray-zee.
These 6 other YouTubers were also arrested in 2016:
When Jack Gilinsky was arrested for shoplifting a sweatshirt at LAX, his best friend and Jack & Jack group member Jack Johnson Snapchatted the entire thing. While the blond thought the whole thing was a joke at first, he eventually realized the cops weren't kidding and his BFF really was being taken to jail and couldn't get out until someone posted $5000 bail.
This gay YouTube star was arrested and charged with filing a fake police report after he allegedly was assaulted by strangers outside a gay club in Los Angeles. While cops said he faked the whole thing, the YouTuber still holds firm that he WAS, in fact, attacked and needed help.
He explained on Instagram: "Last night was the worst night of my life and I'm really struggling to find the words to talk about it. After one of the most wonderful weekends at VidCon we went out to a gay club to celebrate, and towards the end of the evening I was separated from my friends and beaten up by three guys. The authorities should have been there to help and protect me but instead they treated me like a second class citizen. With three broken teeth and six stitches in my forehead, I've never felt so terrified to be a gay man in the public eye. All I can do is thank my wonderful YouTube friends for being with me the whole way. I'd be lost without them."
Joel, better known as customgrow420 on YouTube, uploaded a video of himself and three friends taking a trip to the abandoned Vance Creek Bridge in Shelton, WA. The trio filmed themselves smoking marijuana, walking out on broken steel beams, etc, and posted it all on the channel. Doesn't seem too bad, right? Wrong!
You see, there were tons of 'no trespassing' signs in the area that Joel could clearly see, so he and his friends were subsequently arrested.
This YouTube prankster got in trouble with the law TWICE in the span of about a month. First, Vitaly was arrested for trespassing after authorities found him climbing the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles for YouTube video. Then, less than 30 days later, the Russian prankster spent 15 hours in jail after he streaked with the phrase "Trump Sucks" across his chest at game 4 of the NBA finals. Anything for views, right?
The Jalal Brothers
Max, Arman and Rebeen Jalal, three brothers known for pulling terrorist 'pranks,' were arrested in February for faking a drive-by shooting. We know — WTF?!"We believe the tipping point has been reached where the content is completely unacceptable and it is in fact criminal. And that is how we will be proceeding with it," a police commissioner said following a month-long investigation on the brothers.
While authorities viewed their actions as criminal, the brothers didn't seem to take the arrest too seriously. Here's what they wrote on Facebook hours after returning from jail:
"So today we got arrested. 30 counter-terrorist officers later, a search warrant & a 6 hour interview. Also, news headlines all over Australia. Was it really all worth it? When there’s worse things going on in the world, bigger crimes being committed. But Victoria Police targeted 3 Pranksters, that have not to this date harmed anyone. #overreaction #wasteofpolicetime #wastehistime2016
Craig (NepentheZ) and his pal Dylan Rigby (FUTgalaxy), two YouTube gamers, were arrested and charged with promoting a lottery and advertising unlawful gambling earlier this year. Craig was also charged for inviting children to gamble.
Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges, but will not find out their fate until after the case goes to trial in February 2017.