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Hearing in the lawsuit against the blogger Navalny postponed until 9 September

posted 7 Sept 2011, 08:44 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Sept 2011, 08:46 ]

29 August 2011 

On 29 August 2011 a hearing in the case of entrepreneur Vladlen Stepanov against the blogger Aleksei Navalny was scheduled to begin in Moscow's Liublin District Court. 

The blogger Aleksei Navalny in court during 
the hearing in a case brought by Vladlen Stepanov. 

© Photo Georgi Alburov (@alburov). 

The court granted the request made by the applicant’s lawyer to postpone the hearing until 9 September 2011 due to his client's illness, said Ramil Akhmetgaliev, one of Navalny's defence counsel and a legal expert with the Agora Human Rights Association, from the courtroom. 

Vladlen Stepanov is suing the blogger Aleksei Navalny for defamation and claiming 1 million roubles in compensation, a correspondent of the Open Information Agency reported. Stepanov maintains that Navalny disseminated information claiming he was complicit in the embezzlement of over 5 billion roubles from the state budget that was uncovered by the lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in pre-trial detention. [Read more]