A shroud of mystery has surrounded American whistleblower Edward Snowden's whereabouts since he received temporary asylum in Russia last week, but migration authorities have let slip that he is not in Moscow... "We don't have these records. I don't have any such information. He's not in Moscow."
On Tuesday, Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said the National Security Agency leaker had registered his place of residence with the authorities, as all foreigners must do, but did not divulge the location out of concern for his safety.
A migration service official said on Friday, however, that Snowden had not submitted documents to register in the capital.
"We don't have these records. I don't have any such information. He's not in Moscow," said Olga Kirillova, head of the Moscow branch of the federal migration service, news agencies reported.
Countless attempts by journalists to smoke him out of hiding in the airport's transit zone and capsule hotel were unsuccessful, leading to speculation that he was being hidden in a special area or even an FSB country house outside of Moscow.
Of course, Russia is a big country; but we hear The Gulag is nice this time of year...