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Lawyers To Meet With Khodorkovsky, Lebedev In Moscow

Khodorkovsky (left) and Lebedev in the defendant's box in Moscow in mid-2005
MOSCOW -- Former Yukos oil executives Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev, who were transferred from Russia's Far Eastern Chita prison to a detention center in Moscow on February 24, were given permission to meet with their lawyers.

Lebedev lawyer Elena Liptser told RFE/RL's Russian Service the same day that it was not yet clear when they would meet.

New criminal charges of embezzlement against both men have been sent to a district court in Moscow.

The first hearing on the new charges is scheduled for March 3.

Once Russia's richest man, Khodorkovsky was ordered in 2005 to spend eight years in jail for tax evasion and fraud.

Lebedev, the former head of the Yukos's financial arm, is serving a similar eight-year sentence for financial crimes.

Yukos was disbanded in 2006 after virtually all of its assets had been sold off by the state.