MOSCOW, February 7 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court will begin hearing a defamation suit lodged by Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska against the Communist Party’s leader Gennady Zyuganov on February 26, RAPSI reports Thursday from the courtroom.

Deripaska filed the lawsuit seeking one million rubles ($15,000) in compensation for moral harm from Zyugankov in late January.

The businessman demands compensation for disparaging remarks about his activity allegedly issued by Zyuganov during the State Duma plenary session on January 9.