Russian blogger sentenced to five years in a penal colony over an ‘extremist’ tweet

A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced a blogger to five years in a penal colony for a tweet calling for attacks on the children of police, a ruling his lawyer said was unprecedented.Vladislav Sinitsa, 30, posted the tweet in the wake of a police crackdown against protesters who have called for free elections.“It’s an act of intimidation,” said lawyer Denis Tikhonov after a Moscow district court found Sinitsa guilty of inciting hatred.The charges fall under Russia’s harsh anti-extremism…

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