KIROV, Russia : A Russian court on Wednesday reopened the trial on embezzlement charges of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who may face up to a decade in jail if convicted in a case he says was orchestrated by President Vladimir Putin.The prosecution accuses the 36-year-old, who has emerged as the most charismatic figure in the anti-Putin protest movement, of causing a loss of $500,000 to a regional government while acting as an advisor in a timber deal. The trial, held about 900 kilometres from Moscow in the northern city of Kirov, opened last week but was quickly adjourned after Navalny's defence said they needed more time to study the case.It is the latest trial in post-Soviet Russia to be denounced by the opposition as a political act of revenge by Putin, following the jailings of anti-Kremlin tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

 and members of the radical punk group Pussy Riot.During Wednesday's hearing, attended by around a hundred journalists and opposition activists, Navalny's defence called for the case to be sent back to the prosecution.