Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny will stand trial in mid-April on embezzlement charges, a court said Wednesday, in a case supporters say is aimed at removing President Vladimir Putin's top opponent from the political scene.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks during a rally in Moscow, on December 24, 2011. A Russian court has said Navalny -- a leading opponent of President Vladimir Putin -- will go on trial in mid-April on embezzlement charges, in a case his supporters claim is politically motivated.
The case against Navalny, one of the most outspoken figures in the anti-Putin opposition movement, concerns a probe into a business deal that was struck by the government of the Kirov region he advised in 2009.
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