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The hearing focusses on a disputed sculpture first erected in 1900, toppled after the Bolshevik October Revolution in 1917 and reconstructed in Odessa's Yekaterinskaya Square, named after the empress, in 2007. It has since been the flashpoint of street clashes involving far-right and nationalist organisations.
Odessa's court of appeal has put back the hearing, scheduled for Thursday, citing the judge's illness, and halting proceedings.
They centre on an Odessa resident's 2009 district court petition when Nadezhda Sodol claimed the edifice was "a place for pro-Russian activists to hold their religious processions, which is a humiliation for the Ukrainian people even after the death of an empress who snubbed Ukrainians during her lifetime."
The district court rejected her claim but she pushed ahead with the demand, taking the case to the appeal court.