Players have been threatened with jail time
In the last week, Russia have made it abundantly clear exactly how they feel about Pokemon Go.
First off, it was broadcast on the Russian state channel that players of the game could face jail time if they were caught playing it in the wrong place.
Catch a Pokemon at a border or in a church and go to jail for 2-3 years, warns Russian TV pic.twitter.com/7j8mVAUMKe— max seddon (@maxseddon) July 15, 2016
Following that, Gawker reported that Moscow were releasing a version of the augmented reality game that involved players not catching Pokemon creatures, but instead taking photos with famous Russian historical figures.
Now, according to The Washington Post, a senior Russian security official has announced the actual reason why the country is so staunchly against the gaming app.
Franz Klintsevich told the state news agency TASS that "There is a feeling that the devil came through this mechanism and is simply trying to destroy us spiritually from within."
He also expressed concerns that the game was a Western psychological operation to be used against the minds of the Russian youth that "could lead all the way to revolution."
Meanwhile, Communist Party lawmaker Denis Voronenkov sent in a complaint to the Federal Security Service (formerly the KGB) stating that "Users of mobile devices with this game installed on it could become unsuspecting accomplices in terrorist acts" and that Pokemon Go was developed by the CIA to carry out “uninterrupted spying activities”.