Moscow's Presnensky Court sentenced 31-year-old financial manager and blogger Vladislav Sinitsa to five years in prison on Tuesday after finding him guilty of "inciting hatred and enmity" on Twitter.

Speaking outside the court, Sinitsa's lawyer Denis Tikhonov said there had been "fundamental violations of the criminal process" and that his client "is not the same person as the media are trying to portray him."

Tikhonov added that Sinitsa had instructed him to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

On July 31, the blogger commented on Twitter on the need for police officers to show their faces and badges at public assemblies, related to the unsanctioned opposition rallies in Moscow.

"They'll look at the sweet, happy family photos, they'll study the geolocation, and then the child of the courageous law enforcement officer one day simply doesn't return from school. Instead of the child comes a parcel containing a CD with a snuff video," the post said.

Sinitsa was arrested on August 3.

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