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Putin foe faces threat of jail in new trial

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Prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny goes on trial Thursday in a major case that his supporters fear will end in a lengthy jail sentence for President Vladimir Putin's top critic. 

Police detain protest leader Alexei Navalny outside Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow, on February 24, 2014

The 37-year-old anti-corruption blogger was convicted of embezzlement in July and sentenced to five years in jail but walked free the following day in a surprise move that allowed him to run a high-profile campaign for Moscow mayor.

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