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Edward Snowden has applied for extended asylum in Russia, his lawyer says


Edward Snowden has applied for an extension of his year-long asylum in Russia, according to his lawyer. Anatoly Kucherena, who has represented the NSA whistleblower since last year, tells Russia Today that he and Snowden have fulfilled the procedure to receive temporary asylum … We have submitted documents to prolong his stay in Russia. The decision was widely expected, and Snowden said in a May interview with NBC that although he would like to return to the US, he would of course apply for an extension if the asylum looked like it was about to run out. Earlier this month, The Moscow Times cited a report by Russian news service Izvestia that he had submitted a petition before June 30th, the deadline for an asylum application. Kucherena did not reveal whether Snowden would potentially be applying for Russian citizenship, saying only that the decision lies with the Federal Migration Service. Wolfgang Kaleck, Snowdens lawyer in Germany, has previously said that he expects Russia to extend the asylum.

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