Edward Snowden has acquired a residence permit in Russia, which is legitimate for 3 years, beginning on August 1, the previous NSA contractor’s lawyer introduced. “On the first of August he received a three-year residence permit,” lawyer Anatoly Kucherena instructed reporters.
He added that Snowden had not requested for political asylum. “He will be able to travel freely within the country and go abroad. He’ll be able to stay abroad for not longer than three months,” Kucherena stated.
The former NSA contractor will be capable to apply for the Russian citizenship in 5 years. “A foreign citizen, who got a residence permit, will certainly be able to apply for citizenship,” Kucherena stated.
Edward Snowden has not but made up his thoughts whether or not he needs Russian citizenship.
“By all means he is homesick,” his lawyer said. “It was hard for him to find himself far from home, especially for the first time. Of course, in the future Edward will make up his mind on whether to stay in Russia and apply for citizenship or to leave for the US. He hasn’t done this yet.”
Edward Snowden was granted momentary asylum in Russia a 12 months in the past. It expired July 31. He left the US and went to Hong Kong in May 2013, from the place he leaked confidential information to mass media in regards to the NSA’s overwhelming surveillance.
Snowden then deliberate to hunt refuge in Cuba, however discovered himself stranded at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, after his American passport was annulled by US authorities.
Kucherena dismissed a letter from the US Prosecutor General’s workplace to the Russian Ministry of Justice as inadequate grounds for handing Snowden over to the US.
“There has been no request which complies with international law,” the lawyer stated. If Edward Snowden does someday journey again to the US, it’s not going to be extradition, his lawyer assured.
“No extradition is possible under Russian law,” he stated. “He has not committed any crime. He faces no charges in Russia.”
Snowden’s safety in Russia is being ensured by a non-public agency, Kucherena stated. “He’s without state protection and he can’t possibly have it. To arrange state protection you have to go through many bureaucratic procedures.”
Kucherena additionally instructed reporters that Snowden was happy together with his job in Russia, as he was capable of proceed his career and work in the sphere of laptop expertise. The former NSA contractor’s Russian wage is ample, the lawyer added.
The lawyer stated Snowden will maintain a press convention in Russia as quickly as will probably be potential.