KIROV, April 23 (RAPSI) - The Kirov Region Court on Tuesday dismissed Alexei Navalny's request to give his lawyers more time to study the Kirovles timber company embezzlement case material, RIA Novosti reports from the court.

In mid April, the Leninsky District Court of Kirov granted Navalny's lawyers one week to review the material after a new lawyer joined the team, although they had initially requested a month.

One week's adjournment will not give Navalny and his lawyers sufficient time to study the case material, said lawyer Olga Mikhailova, who represents the opposition activist's interests.

According to the investigators, Navalny organized the theft of over 10,000 cubic meters of timber while serving as a voluntary adviser to the governor in the Kirov Region.

The timber was allegedly stolen from the Kirovles company between May and September 2009 in collusion with Vyatka Timber Company Director Pyotr Ofitserov and Kirovles CEO Vyacheslav Opalyov.

Navalny is a Yale-educated political activist. He has earned world renown as a whistle-blowing blogger who strives to expose corrupt practices. He has also gained recognition for his role in the opposition movement from late 2011 onwards.