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Russia begins trial of anti-Putin blogger

MOSCOW — A judge warned the anticorruption blogger charged with embezzlement not to turn the proceedings into a political trial. The blogger — Alexei Navalny, a leader of Russia’s protest movement — responded by denouncing the ‘‘corrupt, usurping regime’’ of President Vladimir Putin.

Navalny’s trial began in earnest on Wednesday in Kirov, a beaten-down city that is an overnight train ride from Moscow, after a brief opening a week ago. The activist is accused of embezzling $500,000 worth of timber in 2009 when he was working as an adviser to the local governor.

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