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Blogger Aleksei Navalny lodges appeal against defamation ruling in favour of businessman Vladlen Stepanov

posted 4 Nov 2011, 04:50 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Nov 2011, 04:55 ]
2 November 2011 

Source: Open Information Agency 

The blogger Aleksei Navalny in court during 
the hearing in the defamation case brought 
against him by businessman Vladlen Stepanov 

© Photo Georgy Alburov (@alburov). 

On 2 November Aleksei Navalny lodged an appeal with Moscow City Court against the decision by Liublino district court under which Navalny must pay 100,000 roubles in damages to businessman Vladlen Stepanov for defamation, Vadim Kobzev, a defence counsel for Aleksei Navalny, has said. 

Aleksei Navalny considers the ruling in favour of Vladlen Stepanov to be unlawful and without grounds, and moreover that in breach of legal procedures. Aleksei Navalny has therefore asked Moscow City Court to quash the ruling by Liublino district court and return the case to the court for a fresh hearing under new judges, the Open Information Agency reports. [Read more]