A court in Moscow Tuesday postponed until next week a hearing on a nine-year prison sentence for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to allow him to meet with his family.

The court said it was satisfied with the request of the Kremlin critic and listed the hearing for May 24, the Russian news agency Interfax said.

Navalny requested to postpone the hearing because he was to meet his family on Tuesday at his prison, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Moscow.

The opposition leader attended the court session virtually from the prison.