MOSCOW, November 28 - RAPSI. A court has postponed until December 13 its hearing of a defamation lawsuit filed by former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov against head of the President's administration Sergei Naryshkin, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reported on Monday.

A Moscow district court delayed the case after a representative of the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper, also involved in the case, failed to attend the hearing.
Lushkov has sued Naryshkin for his statement about an unprecedented corruption unleashed in Moscow by Luzhkov and his administration. Lushkov claims 1 million rubles ($32,700) in moral damages.

Luzhkov's lawyer said earlier that his client had never committed corrupt acts and had never been prosecuted. Luzhkov believes that it is the law enforcement agencies which must fight corruption and it is only police that can be accused of not doing it, the lawyer added.

Meawhile, Naryshkin's lawyer told RAPSI that his client denied the lawsuit and considers it unfounded.