MOSCOW (AP) — Former U.S. safety contractor Edward Snowden has been granted everlasting residency in Russia, his lawyer stated Thursday.
Snowden, a former contractor with the U.S. Nationwide Safety Company, has been dwelling in Russia since 2013 to flee prosecution within the U.S. after leaking categorized paperwork detailing authorities surveillance packages.
“At present, Snowden was handed a residency allow for a limiteless time frame,” his Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena informed Russia’s state Tass information company.
Kucherena informed the Interfax information company that the appliance was submitted in April, however due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions, it took immigration authorities extra time to contemplate it. Snowden was in a position to get hold of everlasting residency rights due to the modifications in Russia’s immigration legal guidelines made in 2019, the lawyer stated.
Kucherena added that Snowden isn’t contemplating making use of for Russian citizenship for the time being.
Snowden, who has saved a low profile in Russia and sometimes criticized Russian authorities insurance policies on social media, stated final yr that he was keen to return to the U.S. if he’s assured a free trial.
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