Whistle-Blower Snowden Seeks Extension Of Russian Residence Permit, Says Lawyer

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who was granted asylum in Russia, is preparing to apply for the extension of his Russian residence permit which expires in April, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Russian media on February 7.

Snowden has been living in Russia since 2013 after he revealed details of secret surveillance programs by U.S. intelligence agencies.

“At Edward’s request, I am drawing up documents for the Russian Interior Ministry migration service to extend his residence permit,” Kucherena said.

Snowden was charged under the U.S. Espionage Act for leaking 1.5 million secret documents from the NSA on government surveillance, prompting public debate about the legality of some of the agency’s programs, on privacy concerns, and about the United States snooping on its neighbors.

If convicted, Snowden faces up to 30 years in prison.

In September, Snowden called on French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum. The French presidency did not comment.

Snowden had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in France in 2013 and several other countries.

“Everything is okay with him. He is working. His wife is with him,” Kucherena said.

Asked if Snowden plans to apply for Russian citizenship, Kucherena said, “I haven’t discussed this matter with him so far.”

With reporting by ADP and Interfax

(c) RFL

8 comments

  • “At Edward’s request, I am drawing up documents for the Russian Interior Ministry migration service to extend his residence permit,” Kucherena said.”

    I very much doubt this migration service have any say whether this traitor is allowed to stay in Muscovy, or not. That decision will be made by Putin.

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  • ‘His wife is with him’. Interesting. That pole dancing skank he was with must have flown out there, married and been given asylum too?
    They both belong in a tank of shit with Assange.

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  • англійський масон

    I hope he gets the extension.

    It seems a little ungrateful though, to say he wants to go to France, but then asks for this extension to stay in vatnikistan. Any normal person would be keeping their head down.

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  • This cretin belongs in a country full of cretins.
    “If convicted, Snowden faces up to 30 years in prison.”
    So, currently, he’s living in another prison outside of the US, but for life.

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