Putin foe Navalny defiant as trial opens in Russia

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  • Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013

KIROV, Russia (Reuters) - Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny accused the authorities of fabricating charges against him at the start of a trial on Wednesday that he says is intended to crush opposition to Vladimir Putin.

The anti-corruption blogger, 36, was calm and defiant in a 40-minute appearance in court in the provincial city of Kirov before Judge Sergei Blinov adjourned proceedings until April 24 to give the defence more time to prepare its case.

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