Former U.S. safety contractor Edward Snowden has been granted everlasting residency in Russia, his lawyer mentioned Thursday.
Snowden, a former contractor with the U.S. National Security Agency, has been dwelling in Russia since 2013 to flee prosecution within the United States after leaking categorized paperwork detailing authorities surveillance applications.
“Today, Snowden was handed a residency permit for an unlimited period of time,” 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 think about it. Snowden was in a position to get hold of everlasting residency rights due to the adjustments in Russia’s immigration legal guidelines made in 2019, the lawyer mentioned.
Kucherena added that Snowden shouldn’t be contemplating making use of for Russian citizenship in the mean time.
Snowden, who has saved a low profile in Russia and infrequently criticized Russian authorities insurance policies on social media, mentioned final yr that he was prepared to return to the U.S. if he is assured a good trial.