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Navalny Trial Resumes In Russia


Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny speaks at a previous hearing in his case in Kirov.

Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny speaks at a previous hearing in his case in Kirov.

KIROV, Russia -- The embezzlement trial of opposition figure and anticorruption blogger Aleksei Navalny has resumed in the central Russian city of Kirov.

The trial had been adjourned on May 16 after several witnesses in the case testified.

Navalny is accused of stealing the equivalent of $510,000 from the Kirovles lumber company while he was working for Kirov Oblast's governor.

One of the witnesses, former deputy general director of Kirovles, Larisa Bastrygina, testified on May 16 that Navalny pushed her company to sign "unprofitable" agreements with clients.

Navalny and his lawyers insist that the case is politically motivated.

Navalny is a vocal opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin and has expressed an interest in running for president.
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