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    Khodorkovsky, Lebedev lawyers in the dark about their clients' whereabouts

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    MOSCOW, October 11 (RIA Novosti) - Attorneys for former Yukos chief executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Menatep chairman Platon Lebedev said Tuesday that they were expecting a formal statement from the Federal Penitentiary Service about their clients' whereabouts within the next two days.

    "We are expecting a statement from the federal service today or tomorrow," Lebedev's lawyer Vladimir Krasnov said.

    The defense counsel said he still had no reliable information about Khodorkovsky's or Lebedev's whereabouts.

    When attorneys arrived at the Matrosskaya Tishina detention facility on Monday to meet with their clients, they were told that they had been "moved out."

    "It is not clear why the penitentiary service is making such a big secret of this," Krasnov said. "All we can do in this situation is to wait patiently."

    Another lawyer for Lebedev, Yevgeny Baru, said Matrosskaya Tishina authorities had refused to provide him with information on his client's location.

    Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were transferred to the prison where they will serve their eight-year prison sentences on Monday.