A Russian court on Wednesday reopened the trial on embezzlement charges of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who may face up to a decade in jail if convicted in a case he says was orchestrated by President Vladimir Putin.
Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny smiles while arriving in court for a hearing of his case in the provincial northern city of Kirov on April 17, 2013. A Russian court in the northern city of Kirov on Wednesday reopened the trial of Navalny, who is accused of embezzlement and may face up to a decade in jail if convicted.
The prosecution accuses the 36-year-old, who has emerged as the most charismatic figure in the anti-Putin protest movement, of causing a loss of $500,000 (385,000 euros) to a regional government while acting as an advisor in a timber deal.
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