Three Siberian teenagers have been sentenced for plotting to destroy the Russian Government’s Federal Security Service (FSB) building in Minecraft among other activities.
A Russian military court found the teens guilty of “undergoing training for the purpose of carrying out terrorist activities,” The Moscow Times reported, with one sentenced to five years in a penal colony.
The other two teens were given three and four-year suspended sentences, though all three were arrested the same time, at 14-years-old, for posting political leaflets on their local FSB office.
The FSB searched their phones after the arrest and found videos of the teens making pyrotechnics and allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails, alongside their plot to blow up the virtual FSB building created in Minecraft.
Nikita Uvarov, the teen given a five-year sentence, told the court: “I had a desire to learn something new, I liked to learn something about physics, chemistry, biology, about various famous scientists; I also watched scientific and educational programs.
He added later: “I am not a terrorist. I am not guilty. I would just like to finish my studies, get an education and go somewhere far away from here, somewhere I don’t irritate anyone from the special services.”
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