Russia extends Snowden stay

News by Chandni Sembhi

Russia has extended NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's asylum by three years. For the past year, Snowden has been staying in Russia after the US cancelled his passport whilst he was travelling to Latin America.

Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said in an interview with a Russian news agency: “The decision on the application has been taken and therefore, starting 1 August 2014, Edward Snowden has received a three-year residential permit," said Kucherena, who added that the 30-year-old could apply for Russian citizenship in five years.

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