Former associate of the American National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, who is wanted by Washington, has received a permanent residence permit in Russia, where he has been since 2013, his lawyer announced today.
Snowden received a permanent residence permit in Russia 1
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“The Russian migration service granted Snowden a permanent residence permit today,” lawyer Anatoliy Kucherena told the Interfax agency.
Snowden’s lawyer said that the residence permit is now valid for an indefinite period of time, and added that this was made possible thanks to the recent change in the immigration law in Russia.
The request was submitted in April, but it was later considered due to the corona virus epidemic.
So far, Snowden was first granted asylum for a year, then he received a residence permit for three years, which was extended in 2017.
A former associate of the American NSA found refuge in Russia in 2013, after he fled the United States.
Snowden is facing charges of espionage in the United States because he discovered a global wiretapping and surveillance program that the NSA conducted in the United States and around the world.