Metropolitan Hilarion: the Russian Orthodox Church did not participate in the trial Sokolowski

© RIA Novosti / Pavel to Listenpreise in photobacteria court in the case of blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky in YekaterinburgMetropolitan Hilarion: the Russian Orthodox Church did not participate in the trial Sokolowski© RIA Novosti / Pavel to Listenpreise the image Bank

The Russian Orthodox Church did not participate in the trial of a «pokemon catcher» Ruslan Sokolovsky — either as a witness or as the victim, and the case turned very demagoguery, the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev).

«Around this process from the very beginning turned a lot of demagoguery. This demagoguery is based, I think, on a conscious disinformation, because this young man was tried not for atheism, not because he does not believe in God, and for inciting hatred, insulting remarks. … Awarded him only probation, that is nothing like the picture presented in some media — that almost Church condemned an innocent boy — nothing like that in reality was not» — said the Metropolitan of the TV channel «Russia-24».

According to the priest, Sokolovsky «a person knowingly and deliberately incited hatred to whole classes, whole segments of the population». The Church, as he said, «do not enter into direct fight against those who oppose it, and instead, «when it sees fit, to Express their position.»

«The Church does not participate in this trial, or as a witness or as the victim. This man insulted people, a great many people. While the judiciary have revealed the harm that he caused by his statements. This person remains at large. Therefore, no tragedy, neither for him nor for the world that he is trying to propagate, did not happen», — said the Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

In August last year, Sokolowski posted on its YouTube channel a video of him playing app Pokemon GO during the service in the Temple-on-Blood in Ekaterinburg. The video was accompanied by obscene language, stylized hymns, and in the end write the blogger ridiculed the foundations of Christianity.

The court sentenced Sokolowski to three and a half years of imprisonment conditionally. Blogger, in particular, was convicted of inciting hatred against Christianity and Islam. On one of judicial sessions were made, in particular, the prior of a temple «the Big Chrysostom» Victor yavich, who is a witness in the case, and considers himself insulted by the rollers of the young man. Ruslan Sokolovsky apologized to the priest. According to the lawyer of the accused, the priest said that he forgives Sokolowski and doesn’t want that put in prison.