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Court hearing for Russian opposition leader Navalny postponed until May 13

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MOSCOW — A Moscow court has postponed a hearing to review a suspended sentence for opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Navalny was convicted in December of fraud and given a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence, while his brother was sent to prison, on charges of defrauding a French cosmetics company.

PHOTO: Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny sits in a courtroom before the hearing in Moscow, Russia Thursday, April 23, 2015. The court on Thursday postponed the review of Navalny’s suspended sentence he received in 2013 without real prison time, until May 13. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny sits in a courtroom before the hearing in Moscow, Russia Thursday, April 23, 2015. The court on Thursday postponed the review of Navalny’s suspended sentence he received in 2013 without real prison time, until May 13. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Prosecutors have appealed to convert Navalny's suspended sentence into prison time, citing his recent misdemeanors such as when Navalny was jailed for 15 days for campaigning on the subway for an unauthorized rally.

The district court on Thursday delayed the hearing until May 13 after Navalny argued that he has not been served the court papers.

Navalny said on Twitter he did not receive any correspondence because his post office had not been informed that he is no longer under house arrest.

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