Former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was freed from a penitentiary after being pardoned by President Vladimir Putin on Friday, has flown to Germany, where his mother is undergoing medical treatment, the Russian Federal Corrections Service said.

"While being released, Khodorkovsky requested that he be provided with a foreign travel passport. His request was granted. After being freed from a penitentiary, he departed for Germany, where his mother is undergoing treatment," a service spokesperson told Interfax on Friday.

"We emphasize that his flight was arranged at his own request, and the departure documents were made upon his personal application," he said.

Khodorkovsky's press secretary Olga Pispanen says she is unaware where he is at the moment.

"I don't know where the Federal Corrections Service has received this information from. Can they really track him after his release from the penitentiary? I cannot either confirm or deny this information," Pispanen told Interfax on Friday.

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