05 September 2016, 12:48
The Russian Church urges journalists not to misinterpret the story of Pokemon catching in the Church-on-Blood
*** There is no need to make Nelson Mandela of every provoker
Moscow, September 5, Interfax - In connection with the story of the blogger's arrest allegedly for catching Pokemons in Yekaterinburg Church-on-Blood, the Russian Orthodox Church urges journalists not to invent facts.
"A young man from Yekaterinburg is arrested for two months by the court's decision not for catching Pokemons at the church, but for making a video (perhaps, it was not the only video, where he demonstrates and comments this process," head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations Vladimir Legoyda wrote in a social net.
Despite the information in the media, Yekaterinburg mayor Yevgeny Roizman turned to Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg, not to the patriarch. "However, colleagues hurriedly wrote about "the appeal to the patriarch," certainly, it is more note-worthy," Legoyda further said.
Speaking about the incident, he pointed out that Ruslan Sokolovsky is not "an occasional passerby who impulsively came into the church being involved in the game, he is a rather well-known in the city blogger, who works in Charlie Hebdo style, in the style of intended provocation. He does not conceal it in his video: he went to check what would come out."
The Moscow Patriarchate official urged to keep calm as no one in the church "is out for the young blogger's blood," and is not pleased with "the things mixed in souls and minds of our young people who are involved in such nonsense in holy places."
According to Legoyda, priests should talk to Sokolovsky and try to explain him what the church is and what for it exists, "help the guy."
"Perhaps, then this manqué struggler for the rights no one violated will understand what Jesus Christ, Whom he without any doubts called "the rarest Pokemon" brought to the man and the mankind," Legoyda said.
According to him, the Yekaterinburg metropolitan has already said that he is ready to help the young man and to clear out the situation, help him to learn more about the church life, for example, participating in the work of diocesan charitable service.
"May be then he will give up pokemons," Legoyda said.
Turning to journalists, he urged not make Nelson Mandela of every provoker. "It makes me feel uneasy. Before Mandela, first of all," he said.