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Hate-Crimes Trial Postponed In Moscow

Russian ultranationalists march to mark National Unity Day in Moscow in November.
MOSCOW -- A Moscow city court has postponed hearings in the case of four young men charged with hate crimes including murder, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The trial that was originally scheduled for today was postponed to September 28 due to the absence of one of the defendants' lawyers.

Earlier today, the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office told journalists that the four defendants are charged with four murders, 11 attempted murders, and two robberies in 2008 and 2009.

They are also accused of blowing up trading booths belonging to persons of non-Slavic origin in 2008.

The four persons killed were citizens of Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.