April 28, 2014 / 1:43 PM / 4 years ago

Putin critic Navalny gets reprieve as court finds fault with case

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Moscow court on Monday returned a theft case against opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prosecutors on Monday, Russian news agencies reported, handing a reprieve to the one of President Vladimir Putin’s biggest critics.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny talks to the media after leaving a justice court building in Moscow, April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The ruling means the second trial of the protest leader who is already serving a five-year suspended sentence will be put off at least until prosecutors remove flaws in their case.

Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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