Edward Snowden granted permanent residency in Russia

Cheryl Sanders
October 23, 2020

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The U.S. intelligence fugitive and former Central Intelligence Agency contractor Edward Snowden has received a permanent residence permit in Russian Federation, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena stated on Thursday.

Edward Snowden speaks via video link during a conference at University of Buenos Aires Law School, Argentina.

Kucherena had said that Snowden's previous permit expired in April but was automatically extended until June due to the coronavirus pandemic, TASS reported. When the country's lockdown was lifted, Snowden applied for another extension, according to the outlet.

Russian Federation granted Snowden, 37, asylum in 2013 after the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor exposed mass surveillance by US intelligence agencies around the world.

Kucherena told Reuters that Snowden's Russian "residency permit was expiring and we asked to extend it".

Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump said he would "take a look" at pardoning Snowden but has not made further comment on the matter.

The 37 year-old former Central Intelligence Agency and NSA contractor faces the prospect of up to 30 years in prison if convicted but his extradition is unlikely any time soon, especially given his newly-minted residency status.

Kucherena said it was "natural" that Snowden wanted to return to the United States but will only do so when the case against him is closed.

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